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Boats Collide off Long Island, 20 Hurt

July 9, 1987

ORIENT, N.Y. (AP) _ Two ferryboats collided in the fog off Long Island today, ripping a 30- foot-long hole in one vessel and injuring about 20 people, officials said.

The injured were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, where all but one were expected to be released after treatment for broken bones and minor injuries, said spokeswoman Barbara Georgi.

The ferries were from the Cross Sound line that connects Orient Point on Long Island to New London, Conn., said Coast Guard Petty Officer Roberto Ramos.

He said the Cape Henlopen and the North Star collided at 9:23 a.m. No one aboard the Cape Henlopen was injured, and it proceeded on its trip to New London.

The injured from the North Star were taken off by ambulance after the ferry moored at Orient Point, Ramos said. At least three suffered back injuries and one was in shock, he said.

Coast Guard Lt. Ken Burgess in New Haven, Conn. said authorities discovered a 4-foot-by-30-foot hole in the North Star about 15 feet above the water line.

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