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Ferry Crashes into Yacht in Sydney Harbour

It’s too early to tell who was at fault following a collision between a Manly ferry and private yacht in Sydney Harbour that injured three people, police say.

The two vessels crashed near Fort Denison about 2.30pm on Sunday, throwing two people from the yacht into the water.

They were able to climb back on after the incident.

The skipper also suffered bruising to his head and leg but remained with the yacht after it was towed to nearby Rushcutters Bay, Detective Chief Inspector Todd Cunningham said.

“We’re still investigating the matter … at this stage it’s difficult to tell who was at fault,” he told reporters in Sydney.

“Both the master of the yacht and the ferry were breath tested with a negative result.”

The Manly ferry vessel Narrabeen continued to Manly after the collision.

The yacht was carrying 12 adults and two children at the time but was licensed to hold up to 17, police said.

One man suffered a chest laceration and was treated at the scene, while a woman with a leg injury was taken to hospital in a stable condition along with a man who was experiencing chest pain.

Those who fell overboard were not wearing life jackets.

Chief Insp Cunningham said it was an important reminder for all boating enthusiasts to make sure they had access to the right safety equipment.

“Whether you’re in a recreational vessel or a commercial vessel … it’s important to be aware of what’s going on on the water,” he said.

“Especially Sydney Harbour, it’s a busy place – both day and night.”

It’s the third incident involving a Manly ferry in just over three months.

In mid-September, the Ocean Wave vessel hit Manly Wharf at low speed, leaving four or five people with minor injuries.

At the time, the company said it was not clear how the accident happened and crew would be tested for alcohol and drugs.

At the beginning of December, a packed Manly ferry crashed into Circular Quay and two people were injured.

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