26 passengers stranded after NYC ferry hits sandbar in Coney Island Channel

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BREEZY POINT, Queens — More than two dozen passengers are stuck aboard a ferry that ran aground in the area of Coney Island Channel and Jamaica Bay near Breezy Point, Queens Wednesday evening.

Police and firefighters were called around 6 p.m. Wednesday to the boat, stuck between Brooklyn and the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.

Officials say 26 people were stranded on the NYC ferry for hours before being transported to a heated boat. They were safely transported to Brooklyn Army Terminal.

No injuries have been reported.

Firefighters said the ferry owners originally were arranging to have it towed, but an evacuation was getting underway around 7:30 p.m.

A city-sponsored, privately run ferry runs to the Rockaways from lower Manhattan. It's part of a $335 million effort to ease strains on New York's public transportation system.

As of 7 p.m., bitterly cold temperatures plummeted to 22 degrees, feeling like 12 degrees.

Last month, more than 100 passengers were rescued from a ferry that ran aground off lower Manhattan.

Clarification: Officials initially gave another figure regarding the number of passengers on board. 

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