The 25 meter long catamaran ferry Whaling City Express ran aground just off the pier at Highlands, New Jersey. The ferry with 95 passengers was about to dock at Highlands when it ran aground just 200 yards short of the pier.
The Whaling City Express alerted the Coast Guard of the incident. A rescue crew was dispatched to the scene along with the ferry New Jersey. The Coast Guard supervised the safe transfer of passengers off the Whaling City Express over to the ferry New Jersey. No reports of injuries.
During the transfer of passengers, the Whaling City Express was refloated. Both the New Jersey and Whaling City Express proceeded to berth at Highlands. No reports of damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.