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Two Hurt as New York Water Taxi Hits Pier in Battery Park

 A father and daughter suffered minor injuries in a Water Taxi accident in Battery Park, authorities said.
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BATTERY PARK — Two passengers suffered minor injuries when a New York Water Taxi collided into a Battery Park pier after it lost power Thursday afternoon, police said.

A father and daughter were hurt when the boat struck the dock at Pier A at 12:30 p.m. at a speed of about 5 to 10 knots, according to witnesses and officials.

Authorities said the father, 47, was treated for a minor scratch on his elbow. The daughter, 23, complained of knee pain but had recently undergone knee surgery, police said.

Both victims were treated at the scene and were not taken to the hospital, officials said.

Witnesses described a loud thud that jolted the dock into the air when the taxi struck the pier.

"It came in hard the first time, which was kind of scary," said Denise Carey, 55, who was visiting with a friend from Portland, Ore. "They unloaded people who looked like they were on a tour."

A few people got off the boat immediately after the crash, before it went back out into the water for several more minutes, according to witnesses. Then it docked again and the rest of the people got off.

The boat, which had 40 passengers, was towed to the company's base in Red Hook, authorities said.

New York Water Taxi had no comment.