Iyanough damaged by wave

MV Iyanough suffered wave damage Friday. — Rich Saltzberg

The Steamship Authority’s high-speed ferry MV Iyanough suffered wave damage while crossing from Nantucket to Hyannis Friday. The incident involved a “large wave” that crashed against the Iyanough at 12:30 pm, SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll wrote in an email to The Times.

“No injuries to passengers or crew resulted, but one of the passenger embarkation doors suffered some deflection, and a passenger side-loading gate was detached due to the force of the wave,” Driscoll wrote. “The vessel’s subsequent trips were canceled due to weather, and the U.S. Coast Guard cleared the vessel to sail later Friday afternoon.”

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll told The Times Monday the Steamship Authority was permitted to sail with the caveat it do repairs within seven days from the incident or the vessel would be sidelined.

Driscoll wrote Tuesday that “no repair to the door [is] needed; it’s ugly, but functional, so it will carry on that way until a new door is installed following the end of this season. A new gate is being fabricated, and should be installed in a week or two.”

On Wednesday Petty Officer Groll said if the SSA can’t fix the damage in a week, it can request an extension. Presently netting and a chain guard the door area, she said.

The SSA has declined to release video of the wave strike.


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