On Friday night, the MV IYANOUGH, a ferry, crashed into a jetty in the entrance to Hyannis Harbor at 9:30 pm. It is reported that between six to fifteen people were injured. On the MV IYANOUGH were 48 passengers and six crew members as the vessel was going from Nantucket to Hyannis.
The MV IYANOUGH was grounded on the rocks and several injured passengers had to be airlifted off the MY IYANOUGH. It appears that the United States Coast was able to retrieve the passengers off the ferry by 3:30 am.
The focus now is what caused the MV IYANOUGH with a master and crew with over 60 years of experience crash into a marked known jetty. The United States Coast Guard will be performing an investigation which will consist of interviewing crew members, obtaining the course recording, electronic files and determining who was at helm, if anyone, at the time of the crash. Additionally, the Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket Steamship Authority and their insurance company will be investigating what occurred. In this age with all the electronic navigation equipment and regulations regarding operation of the ferry, it is unclear how the MV IYANOUGH crashed into a known jetty. Common causes of ferry crashes are:
- Unmanned wheel house
- Autopilot on
- Inexperience of Master/Operator
- Inattention of Master/Operator
- Master error
- Lack of procedures/operations set forth by Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket Steamship Authority
- Failure to follow procedures/operations by the Master/Operator
- Malfunction/Failure of equipment
Steamship Authority has a duty to provide a safe environment for its passengers and to ensure their safety on the MV IYANOUGH.
If you were involved in the MV IAYNOUGH crash or were injured on a ferry, contact the maritime attorneys of Latti & Anderson LLP immediately and we will explain you rights and work to ensure you have what you need to recover. Latti & Anderson LLP has successfully recovered millions of dollars against Steamship Authority representing both passengers and workers injured on their vessel.