UPDATE: Coast Guard Investigating Motorboat/Golden Gate Ferry Crash

2 people hurt in incident Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

By Bay City News Service

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to investigate a collision on Saturday between a Golden Gate Ferry and a 22-foot motorboat, a spokesman said today.

Investigators were trying to determine who was at fault in the crash on San Francisco Bay that sent two people to the hospital at around 4 p.m., Coast Guard Lt. Mark Leahey said.

According to Golden Gate Transit spokeswoman Mary Currie, the motorboat was traveling at high speed when it collided with the MS San Francisco, which was about 10 minutes into its 30-minute trip from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The crash took the ferry out of service, though it was able to return to port in Sausalito on its own.

All five crewmembers aboard will be drug tested and placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, as per standard procedure in such incidents, according to Currie.

Golden Gate Ferry service was running on a normal weekend schedule today, Currie said.

By Bay City News Service.

ORIGINAL STORY, 11:03 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Two pleasure boaters were injured in a collision with a Golden Gate Ferry Saturday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Lt. Mark Leahey said the crash took place between a Golden Gate Ferry and a 22-foot pleasure craft in the Raccoon Straits sometime after 4 p.m. Saturday. 

A 25-foot response boat from the Coast Guard's Station Golden Gate arrived on scene at about 4:30 p.m. and discovered two people injured on the pleasure craft. 

Those two injured people were taken to shore by boat and transported to a nearby hospital by emergency medical personnel.

The Golden Gate Ferry continued to its destination of Pier 1 Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The cause of the collision is currently under investigation, Leahey said.


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