Coast Guard responds after ferry strikes pier; Dennis firefighter's son needs help

Great Point ferry's last trip of the season was a zinger

     The Hy-Line ferry Great Point struck a finger pier in Hyannis Harbor. Note scrapes on lower bow.

The Coast Guard reported Sunday night that it had responded after receiving reports that a passenger ferry struck a pier in Hyannis Harbor and pushed it into a moored fishing vessel about 6:30 p.m.

A 41-foot utility boat from Station Woods Hole, and personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod, arrived on scene with the ferry Great Point at about 8:15 p.m., to assess damage and check for any pollution.

The Great Point, which was carrying about 100 passengers, has only cosmetic damage, and about 10 feet of the pier is significantly damaged. Initial reports indicate that the fishing vessel is not damaged. There does not appear to be any pollution. 

The ferry, owned by Hy-Line Harbor Tours, was inbound to Hyannis from Nantucket.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

(Story and photos by R. Copley)

Dennis firefighter's son needs help
- Turlough Meehan, son of Dennis Firefighter Phelim Meehan, is in a courageous battle for his life. Diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at two months old, Turlough, in true Irish fashion, has met each challenge, refusing to give up.

Unfortunately, each victory has only led to the next challenge. Turlough's next struggle is a mountain he cannot climb alone. After a recent setback, Turlough's doctors have decided that it is now critical that he receive a bone marrow transplant. Regrettably, finding a bone marrow match is not an easy task and a donor for Turlough is not readily available. This is why Dennis firefighters are reaching out on his behalf:

As firefighters, we are by nature men and women of action ... we see the need, we find the remedy, and we take action on those conclusions. The need is obvious. The remedy is to locate a matched donor for Turlough. Therefore, we are calling on anyone and everyone who reads this letter to take action to help Turlough fight this battle.

Children's Hospital has volunteered their services to conduct a donor screening event on Saturday Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Dennis Fire Department headquarters. This involves a few minutes of your time and a cotton swab to the mouth. Detailed information will be available at the screening. It is our hope that this event will help find a match for Turlough and facilitate his triumph over this latest challenge.

If you cannot attend the screening at Dennis Fire Headquarters, you may be screened at Dana Farber in Boston. If you cannot be tested at either location, you can have a mouth-swab kit sent directly to you. To obtain a kit or schedule an appointment at Dana Farber, contact Stacy at 617-632-2571. Prospective donors must be between 18 and 60 years of age.

On behalf of Phelim and Amanda Meehan, as well as our entire Dennis Fire Department family, we thank you in advance for your assistance with this effort and ask for your continued prayers. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on