Island Home delayed by ‘medical emergency’

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The Island Home is delayed because of a medical emergency. - George Brennan

The Steamship Authority’s tough day continued Thursday. The 3:45 pm departure of the Island Home in Woods Hole was delayed by a medical emergency of a crew member, Sean Driscoll, a Steamship Authority spokesman, said.

The crew member is essential to the ferry leaving port, he said. The boat remained in the slip until his replacement arrived, Driscoll said.

In Vineyard Haven dozens of commuters and travelers waited in frigid temperatures, some squeezing onto the MV Katama, a freight ferry that arrived before the Island Home. The Island Home did arrive about an hour off schedule.