Pleasure Boat Collides With Ferry Near Tiburon

Witnesses said the pleasure boat was going at a high rate of speed when it collided with the ferry

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    Two people were injured when a Golden Gate Ferry Boat collided with a smaller vessel near Tiburon Saturday afternoon.

    The U.S. Coast Guard said the ferry collided with a 22-foot pleasure craft around 4:30 p.m.

    No one on the ferry was hurt, but the injuries of two passengers on the pleasure boat appeared serious, according to witnesses.

    The Coast Guard responded to the crash and were able to drive the boat to shore.The Coast Guard actually picked up got a trauma surgeon and a nurse off of the ferry before taking the victims to shore in order to get them needed medical assistance. 

     The two injured people on the boat were then taken by helicopter to a hospital, Coast Guard Lt. Mark Leahey told Bay City News.

    The smaller boat suffered serious damage after slamming into the ferry.

    Apparently the smaller boat was going at a high rate of speed. 

    The Golden Gate Ferry continued to its destination of Pier 1 Embarcadero in San Francisco.  It was taken out of service for the night, but was replaced with another ferry.

     The five crew members on the ferry at the time of the crash, plus the captain will be tested for drugs and alcohol as is standard procedure whenever a ferry is involved in a collision, according to Mary Currie with the Golden Gate Transit District. 

    The ferry had 500 passengers on board at the time. 

    The cause of the collision remains under investigation.  The extent of the injuries of the two people on the pleasure boat was not immediately known.