Submerged RT Fast Ferry Boat Salvaged; Investigation Ongoing
BVI Platinum News
Updated: July 12, 2012 1:07 pm AST
Published: July 12, 2012 8:11 am AST
Proprietor of Road Town Fast Ferry, Albion 'Bobby' Hodge has confirmed that his ferry vessel 'Makana', which took on water while moored at a Charlotte Amalie dock on St. Thomas, USVI, has been salvaged.
Hodge said they are trying to investigate what caused the vessel to submerge and will be in a better position to speak about the incident once more information is obtained.
The 'Makana', which plies the Road Town/St. Thomas route, is on a dry dock on St. Thomas. Sources confirmed that the boat was brought back to the surface shortly after 5:00 pm.
Eyewitnesses recalled seeing the boat taking on water yesterday afternoon, July 11.
No one was injured in the incident.
Statement From RT Fast Ferry
On behalf of the management and staff of Road Town Fast Ferry, we would like to inform that the partial sinking reportedly happened while the boat was being repaired on a dry dock in St. Thomas.
As a result of an error, the boat took on water which resulted in partial submersion of our vessel. Despite all rumors, no workers or passengers were injured.
Safety is paramount for us at Road Town Fast Ferry and our entire fleet continues to meet the highest Coast Guard and regulatory standards.
We look forward to your continued patronage as we deliver fast, safe and convenient ferry service to local customers.
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