The passengers said they were exhausted after being rescued from the NYC ferry that got stuck on a sandbar minutes at around 5:30 p.m.
“I’m just starving, I haven’t had anything to eat and I’m ready to go home,” Rockaways resident Jeffery Spears said. “I’ve been in there since 5 p.m.”
Passengers had to be taken to the safety of a FDNY boat by dinghies — and they all cheered for each others’ rescue.
“We had to wait for everyone to get rescued in small groups. As soon as someone else got onboard (the rescue craft) everyone would clap,” Spears said.
“The only time you froze was when they would put you on the police boat. It felt like the raft would never come fast enough and even the raft got stuck. They had to use a stick to keep it from getting stuck.”
Josephine DiGuido said her 24-year-old daughter Daniela DiGuido — who had been on her way to a friend’s birthday party — was also anxious to get back on land.
“She said, ‘We’re stuck and we don’t know why.’ They didn’t hear anything and there wasn’t any kind commotion,” the concerned mom said. “They just got stuck. She’s seasick, cold, anxious, and ready to get off.”
Passenger Anthony Scotto was decked out in his Rangers sweater and excited about going to see his team battle the Washington Capitals at MSG on Wednesday night.
Needless to say, Scotto was a little sore about missing the Blueshirts’ thrilling 1-0 shootout win.
“The night was suppose to go pretty well. We got tickets after Christmas, it was supposed to be a good game,” Scotto said.
The hockey fan would like his $2.75 fare refunded.
“Yeah, I’m frustrated this happened. I want my money back,” he said.