A ferry passes LIC. Photo Courtesy of NYC Ferry.

Ferry Passenger Plunges Into East River on Trip to Hunters Point

A ferry passenger plunged into the East River during a trip from DUMBO, Brooklyn to Hunters Point shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The man survived the sudden splash after crew members threw him a life saver and a ladder, but the chaotic moment put a damper on the trip home for dozens of stunned commuters.

“We’d cleared both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. I opened my eyes and the guy was already in the water,” said passenger John Welsh, 31.

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A ferry passes LIC. Photo Courtesy of NYC Ferry.

L I Sea: Maiden Voyage of Gantry Plaza Ferry Could Signal Queens Expansion

When a ferry makes its maiden voyage from LIC to LES on Aug. 29, it could be the precursor for a new fleet of passenger boats carrying commuters along the Queens waterfront.

The new ferry route will depart from Gantry Plaza State Park and enable Western Queens commuters to travel to the Lower East Side in about a half hour.

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