Crew in ferry crash tested negative for drugs, alcohol

The crew working aboard a ferry that rammed into large rocks in the San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island on Dec. 6 tested negative for alcohol and drugs, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter said today.

The front-left end of the Royal Prince ferry was damaged around 3 p.m. by jutting rocks in the water southwest of Alcatraz Island, according to Hunter.

The passengers and crew were safely taken off the vessel and no injuries were reported, Hunter said.

Coast Guard officials launched a helicopter and a boat to comb the water following the crash and determined nothing polluted the bay as a result of the incident, according to Hunter.

The ferry went to a pier in San Francisco to undergo repairs, Hunter said.

The ferry vessel Royal Prince is owned by the Red and White Fleet, a company that has been cruising visitors around the bay since 1892, according to the company's Web site.

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