Six people hurt in Sydney ferry crash

October 7, 2013

(SOURCE) A man is in hospital and four women and a child were treated by paramedics after a ferry with 230 people on board hit a wharf at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The Marlene Mathews, which was operating the Parramatta River service west through Sydney Harbour, struck a support structure at Wharf Five around 12.30pm (AEDT) on Monday.

Operator Harbour City Ferries said an investigation had been launched into the cause of the crash.

“The vessel itself sustained some superficial damage to the bow and has been transferred to our maintenance facility for inspection and repair,” company spokesman Steffen Faurby said.

“Clearly, the safety of our passengers and crew is the number one priority for Harbour City Ferries.

“We are working with all relevant authorities to ensure we continue to operate our services as we draw to the close of what has been an exceptionally busy long weekend for ferry services.”

An NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics treated six patients at the scene – five adults and one child – for a range of minor injuries including cut lips, grazes and pains.

“The male patient was transported by road ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition, suffering a lip laceration and jaw pain,” she said.