American Red Cross disaster responders were at the scene of this morning’s commuter ferry crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m. at Pier 11 in lower Manhattan.
Red Cross health and mental health workers provided comfort and emotional support to injured passengers (of the more than 300 passengers, over 50 may have been injured in the crash), and wrapped them in Red Cross blankets as they were waiting to be interviewed by investigators in 40 degree temperatures.
Health and mental health volunteers also traveled to the hospitals where passengers were taken after the crash to provide caring support there.
Red Cross workers at the scene also provided assistance to first responders in the form of food, water and hot drinks.
Additionally, the Greater New York Red Cross reached out to the New Jersey chapter (the ferry originated in New Jersey) to determine if our support was needed for families of those affected.