Manly ferry and yacht collide near Fort Denison on Sydney Harbour

A ferry and a non-public yacht carrying 14 individuals collided near Fort Denison on Sydney Harbour on Saturday afternoon.

The MV Narrabeen and the yacht collided about 2.30pm whereas the ferry was en route from Circular Quay to Manly.

“Two people were ejected from the yacht and they were able to climb back on after the incident,” Detective Chief Inspector Todd Cunningham stated on Saturday night.

Multiple paramedic items, together with a rescue helicopter, responded. Three sufferers have been assessed earlier than being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.

A lady with accidents to her leg and a person affected by chest ache have been amongst these transported.

The different affected person was a baby who had a leg laceration.

Two males have been handled on scene for accidents, together with the skipper of the ferry who obtained bruising to his head and leg, and a person who obtained scratches to his ribs.

Water police have been on the scene, and the crews undertook obligatory drug and alcohol testing.

“Both the master of the yacht and the ferry were breath tested with a negative result,” Chief Inspector Cunningham stated.

“At this stage it’s difficult to tell who was at fault.”

Police investigations into the reason for the collision are ongoing.

The 14 individuals on board the yacht included two kids, however the vessel, which has a capability of 17 passengers, was not overcrowded, Chief Inspector Cunningham stated.

The yacht was towed again to Rushcutters Bay, whereas the ferry continued to Manly, with no obvious injury.

The two individuals who fell from the yacht into the water weren’t carrying lifejackets.

Chief Inspector Cunningham reminded the general public to watch out on the water over the weekend and heading into summer time.

“Whether you’re in a recreational vessel or a commercial vessel, you need to be aware, you need to make sure you’ve got lifejackets and all your safety equipment in case of an incident like this,” he stated.

“It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the water, especially in Sydney Harbour. It’s a busy place both day and night.”

MV Narrabeen is 70.four metres lengthy, with a capability of 1100 passengers.

“Ferry services between Circular Quay and Manly will now move from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes until further notice,” a Transport for NSW spokesman stated on Saturday afternoon.

“No other services on the network are expected to be impacted.”

It’s the third incident involving a Manly ferry in simply over three months.

In mid-September, the Ocean Wave vessel hit Manly Wharf at low velocity, leaving 4 or 5 individuals with minor accidents.

At the time, the corporate stated it was not clear how the accident occurred and crew can be examined for alcohol and medicine.

At the start of December, a packed Manly ferry crashed into Circular Quay and two individuals have been injured.

with AAP

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