Cape May-Lewes Ferry stranded for hours in Delaware Bay

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Elisabeth Perez-Luna/WHYY, file)

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Elisabeth Perez-Luna/WHYY, file)

An engine malfunction on a ferry running from New Jersey to Delaware left more than 100 passengers stranded for several hours.

News outlets report that 143 passengers were on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Friday afternoon when the ferry stalled in the Delaware Bay, just three miles into its journey.

After about two hours, a tugboat pulled the ferry back to the port at Cape May. Passengers were then able to take an evening ferry to Delaware.

Passengers were given free refreshments and vouchers for a future ride for the inconvenience.

The cause of the malfunction was under investigation.

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