High-speed ferry springs a leak on trip to Martha’s Vineyard

A Hy-Line passenger ferry bound for Martha’s Vineyard sprang a leak this morning, forcing the boat to return to a Hyannis pier to be pumped out, officials said.

A leak sprung at the rear of the high-speed boat, named Lady Martha, at about 10:50 a.m., said Hyannis Fire Captain Bill Rex.

“We haven’t yet been able to figure out the cause,” said Philip Scudder, vice president of marketing for the ferry company.

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Rex said the boat was “never in danger of sinking.”

The ferry was in Hyannis Harbor when the leak was discovered, not far from the Hy-Line terminal near Ocean Street in Hyannis. The ferry returned to the dock, where a Hyannis Fire Department boat dewatered the ferry.

No injuries were reported, fire officials said.

The leak was temporarily plugged, though the boat will need further work before resuming service.

“It is going to a shipyard for the final repairs,” Rex said. Scudder said no structural repairs would be required.