New York

Coast Guard Search for Ferry Jumper Near Governors Island: Officials

The Coast Guard was searching for a person in the waters off Governors Island after witnesses reported someone jumping off the Staten Island Ferry.

The Coast Guard says it received a call from New York Vessel Traffic Service about multiple people witnessing the person jump off the Spirit of America around 10:15 p.m. Thursday.

Ferry crews threw a life ring into the water and deployed their small boat, the Coast Guard said.

Sector New York issued a 29-foot response boat from the Coast Guard’s New York station to assist in the search efforts, along with units from the NYPD and the FDNY. The search was stopped around midnight. 

The ferry involved in the incident docked in Staten Island around 11 p.m. Authorities say ferry service was temporarily suspended during the search.

Police continue to investigate.

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