Passengers stuck aboard ferry for hours

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October 16, 2010 1:21:42 PM PDT
While a Cape May ferry lost one of its engines, many of the passengers aboard were losing their patience.

At around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, he Cape May-Lewes Ferry (CMLF) vessel, MV Cape Henlopen, departed the Cape May terminal bound for Lewes, Delaware with 56 vehicles and 114 passengers.

Nearly a half hour later, the vessel Captain reported that the starboard engine had failed. The United States Coast Guard was on the scene to assist, if necessary.

The vessel continued to cross the Delaware Bay under its own power using its second engine.

With the assistance of two tugboats, the MV Cape Henlopen docked at the Lewes terminal at approximately 2:00 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Additional departures may be affected on Sunday, October 17. Travelers who plan to use the Ferry are urged to call the CMLF reservations and information center at 800 64 FERRY (800.643.3779) or visit the CMLF online at for the latest departure information.