Ferry Ran Aground, Stranded Passengers

Dozens of people were stuck on a ferry for hours after the vessel ran aground in North Carolina waters.

The ferry got stuck in the Hatteras Inlet Sunday night with 33 passengers and seven crew members on board. According to the Virginian Pilot, the ferry reported trouble around 5:40 p.m. The ferry was able to move again around 9:30 p.m. once the tide came in.


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  • by Taxpayer2 Location: ENC on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    Yes, our beaches and shoreline are alive and they do move. In this case the wind blew the water out of the channel. NC does not dredge just because the wind blows..it happens and we deal with it. A bridge? LOL, well it took 18 years to get 'permission' of the enirowackos just to repair the Bonner bridge...how long would it take to get their 'permission' to actually build a new one? And yes, Hwy 12 will eventually be a memory. That will happen when the costs to the taxpayer exceeds the revenue it currently aids in producing. As it is now, the costs to maintain the Hwy is less than the revenue produced by the tourists. And you are correct...Mother Nature Rules...
  • by Allen Location: Washington on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    Glad it was not too serious. NC's shifting sands make for challenging ferry routes.
  • by Glock 357 Sig Location: Ayden on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    Mother nature is trying her best to close this inlet. Irene pushed a lot of sand into the sea here. NC will now have to spend several more millions to get it dredged again by the corp of engineers. Hwy 12 will, someday, be totally closed. Maybe instead of spending millions year after year a bridge would be appropriate?
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      by the fixx on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:52 AM in reply to Glock 357 Sig
      I agree with you but that would be too logical...NC Gov't is inept and anemic.
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      by Bubba on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to Glock 357 Sig
      I agree with you but just the legal battle to build the bridge will cost more than the constant repairs and dredging.
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      by Traffic on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to Glock 357 Sig
      The ferry service also acts as a way to control the amount of tourist flooding Ocracoke in the summer. Long lines help push some of the day trippers back to the northern beaches and make Ocracoke traffic semi-bearable.
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      by Back on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:19 PM in reply to Glock 357 Sig
      The idea of a bridge from just south of Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe was studied but found to be too costly. Also, there is a law that says a bridge or new road cannot be built on this national park.
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