Crews hoist ferry off rocky reef in USVI

AP News
Posted: Aug 14, 2011 11:53 AM
Crews hoist ferry off rocky reef in USVI

Salvage crews have unlodged a passenger ferry that ran aground on a rocky reef in the U.S. Virgin Islands last month.

The Royal Miss Belmar ferry struck a reef off the northeastern tip of Great St. James Island on the night of July 4, injuring five people. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued all 98 passengers and four crew members aboard.

Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said Sunday that a tug boat and a 400-ton barge crane were finally able to hoist and remove the ferry.

The Coast Guard is helping investigate what caused the ferry to go aground.