July 2, 1910
SIX NARROWLY ESCAPE AS FERRY BOAT SINKS i 1 Passengers Rescued From Monongahela River With Difficulty, SPECIAL TO THE PITTSBURGH POST. FAYETTE CITY. Pa.,
July 2.-A ferryboat, operating on the Monongahela river, from Allenport, Washington county, to this city, was sunk this afternoon at 1 o'clock and six passengers had narrow escapes from drowning. A team of horses was drowned. Postmaster Theodore Jones, of Allenport, a passenger on the ferry, was rescued from the river I after great effort by employees of the ferry company. Five other passengers w4re taken from the river in boats. The ferry line is operated by an engine oh the Allenport side of the river and Is dawn from shore to shore by wire cables. As the boat was drawing near the Fayette City side of the river the team of horses moved near the bow of the boat, causing the bow to dip below the surface of the water, and the speed at which the ferry was moving caused the boat to scoop up a great quantity of water, and' finally the craft was sunk. The passengers were floundering in 10 feet of water when the employee of the ferry company Jumped into row boats and went to their rescue. Five of the passengers managed to keep themselves afloat until the rescuers got to them. They were pulled aboard of the row boats, and then the postmaster of Allenport was seen to come to the surface. A boatman jumped overboard and dragged the postmaster toward shore. He was unconscious and is reported to be In a serious condition. The team of horses on th ferry were owned by a brewing company, of this place, and were driven by J. Clark. The horses became entangled in the harness and although the employees of the ferry company tried to cut them loose from the heavy wagon, the animals were drowned before that could be accomplished.