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Passengers rescued after ferry runs aground off Hatteras

Posted November 9, 2015

The ferry Roanoke was stuck on a shoal off Hatteras Island for several hours on Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo by Greg Capell)

— State transportation officials say 23 passengers were taken off a ferry after it ran aground off Hatteras Island.

The Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation said ferry crews and U.S. Coast Guard personnel helped remove the passengers from the Roanoke on Monday. The passengers were placed on a Coast Guard response boat, which then took them to the ferry terminal at Hatteras.

Crews had planned to use the tug Albemarle to free the Roanoke from the shoal, but the ferry freed itself after several hours and headed to the Hatteras terminal to unload vehicles and be inspected for any damage.

The Roanoke ran aground at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday on its way into Hatteras from Ocracoke's South Dock terminal.

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  • Jim Frei Nov 10, 2015
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    Shoals move around constantly - they're sand bars subject to the whims of tides and currents. Plus this channel is very narrow and I suspect the winds pushed to ferry off-course.

  • Chip Dipson Nov 10, 2015
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    The facts are irrelevant. We need heads on pikes!!!

  • Matt Wood Nov 10, 2015
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    Shoals don't stay stationary, they're made of sand....

  • Michael Strickland Nov 10, 2015
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    The term "rescued" implies that they were in peril. The ferry hit a sand bar, the passengers got on another boat and the ferry freed itself. Yawn.

  • Eric Hammond Nov 10, 2015
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    Jim Frei Nov 9, 7:30 p.m.

    I thought the increased registration fees that all NC boaters have been paying since 2013 were to pay for dredging these shallow inlets.

    Ummmm...all that money is squandered on dredging Oregon inlet - ya' know, the one that has shoaled up so shallow you could walk across it at low tide several times in the last 30 years - despite the dredging - time to let Oregon inlet close like it's been trying to do and spend the $$ on inlets that have been basically stable for MORE than 100 years - like Ocracoke and Hatteras inlets

  • James Grimes Jr. Nov 10, 2015
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    How does this happen with the technology these ferries have on them.

  • Norman Lewis Nov 10, 2015
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    Don't you just hate it when those shoals just pop up all of a sudden in the ferry lanes. They don't? You mean the shoals have been there for years? And on all the charts of the area? The ferry had GPS too? What a surprising accident---sure it was.

  • Chip Dipson Nov 10, 2015
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    Obviously they should be charging more! Or invest in hydrofoils or hovercraft that don't draw as much water

  • Jim Frei Nov 9, 2015
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    I thought the increased registration fees that all NC boaters have been paying since 2013 were to pay for dredging these shallow inlets.