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Ferry crash at Whitehall terminal: officials

A ferry made a planned hard landing at Whitehall ferry terminal due to mechanical issues, officials said.

Staten Island Ferry riders got an unexpected jolt Thursday afternoon when the vessel they were riding slammed into a Manhattan ferry terminal.

Officials confirmed that the ferry had departed from Whitehall terminal and reached as far as Governor's Island when the captain discovered some sort of mechanical issue.

Officials were unsure of the specifics of the issue.

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The captain turned around and headed back to Whitehall terminal, warning the passengers to brace for impact, police said.

The ferry made a "hard landing" into the dock, causing some damage to the dock, police said.

The fire department said they received a call at 3:10 p.m., though the caller said the ferry had bumped the dock some time earlier.

Fire department personnel were still on scene about an hour later, though officials said no one had reported any injuries or requested medical attention, and nobody had fallen overboard.

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