Washington Capitals

Stranded NY ferry went off-course; mayor cites 'human error'

A New York City ferry that got stuck on a sandbar and took hours to evacuate apparently traveled off its usual route, the operator said Thursday as the mayor blamed "human error."

Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials would take action after the second stranding in a month for the city's newly-expanded ferry service. Both pilots involved have been pulled off their work, the Democratic mayor said.

Cameron Clark, a senior vice president of ferry operator Hornblower Inc., said it appeared the boat was "off route."

"That's something we're looking into," Clark said in a statement. Ferries have routes they generally follow, though they might...