Mysterious Ferry Building Crash Before Thanksgiving Cost $325K

In 2013, another ferry operator crashed into a speedboat, killing its pilot.

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The ferry that rammed into a dock at the San Francisco Ferry Building last month cost $325,000 in damages but the cause is still unknown, the U.S. Coast Guard says Monday.

Two passengers were injured as a result of a ferry crash on Nov. 23, almost a week before Thanksgiving, which is still under investigation. Both the ferry and the dock at the Ferry Building face $325,000 in damages, Bay City News reports. 

Of the 53 passengers travelling from Larkspur, one suffered a back injury and the other a bruised hip. 

Golden Gate Ferry, the company that operates services to the Ferry Building, and the Coast Guard are conducting investigations. While answers are months away, crewmembers tested negative for drug and alcohol and impairment has been ruled out. 

The damaged part of the ferry itself has been removed and new parts are being installed by Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda. Golden Gate Ferry hopes to have it running again by Christmas. 

The Ferry Building terminal where the crash occurred is expected to have ongoing minor repairs.

In 2013, another crash turned deadly. A Golden Gate Bridge District ferry collided with a speedboat, killing its 68-year-old pilot and injuring the passenger.

The court found that the ferry operator driving about 500 passengers from Sausalito that February was on his cell phone moments before the collision. Harry Holzhauer, the pilot from Oregon, was looking toward the San Francisco skyline at the time when the ferry hit. 

The pilot’s lifelong friend and passenger, 64-year-old Tiburon resident David Rhoades, was hospitalized for seven weeks after suffering fractures. Holzhauer was found 70 percent responsible and his widow received $1.55 million in damages

In August, a federal appeals court upheld $4.2 million in damages paid by the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District, including $1.55 million for the pilot’s widow. Holzhauer was found 70 percent responsible, the Chronicle reports.

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