Boston: Coast Guard investigating after ferry runs aground near Back River in Hingham

Coast Guard rescue crews responded to a ferry that ran aground on a sandbar near the Back River in Hingham.
The call came in at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Watchstanders at the First District Command Center in Boston were told the 97-foot passenger ferry, Massachusetts, with nine passengers and five crewmembers aboard, got into trouble.
A rescue crew arrived on-scene with a 45-foot response boat about ten minutes later.
The Hingham Harbormaster and State Police also responded.
All passengers were safely transported back to shore.
The ferry, which did not sustain any damage, was towed to Rowes Wharf in Boston.
Coast Guard spokesman Ross Ruddell told WATD that drug and alcohol testing has been conducted on the crew, but the results haven’t come back yet.
An investigation is underway.
The ferry, which transports passengers from Hingham and Hull to Boston, has a history of accidents.
It struck some rocks near Boston Light in 2010, putting holes in the hull.
In 2007, it collided with another ferry in heavy fog.

In 2006, an engine caught fire while the Massachusetts was off the coast of Quincy.

There were no serious injuries in any of those incidents.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.