BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – The Bridgeport/Port Jefferson ferries were evacuated on Tuesday due to an “unspecified threat.”
According to Bridgeport emergency operations, the threat was received via 911. The ferries were moored in New York and Connecticut and evacuated.
Connecticut State Police said members of its Mass Transit and Bomb Squad were on the scene assisting federal and local authorities.
The ferries were swept and no threats were found, according to officials. Ferry service resumed Wednesday.
News 8 talked to a passenger who said she was stuck on the ferry for about two hours in the harbor as officers searched the area.
“I didn’t think it was that scary until we started seeing the dogs come on and then it was like, are they searching for drugs? Are they searching for a bomb?” Christine Doorentz of Port Jefferson said. “But they were all very friendly, very efficient, professional. It was pretty smooth, all things considered.”
The Coast Guard, as well as state and local officials, were on board the Grand Republic to ensure the safety of all passengers.