Ferry Service, Coast Guard Rescues 5 In Neuse River After Fire

Five people and their dog were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and a crew from the North Carolina Ferry Division.

It happened Saturday, some five miles upriver from the Minnesott Beach ferry route. Patriot, a 40-foot vessel, reported an engine room fire. Motor Vessel Lupton answered the distress call, along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

When they arrived the fire had been extinguished, but one person had suffered burns. Because of the 25 mile per hour winds, the ferry boat was used as a wind break so the Coast Guard boat could get alongside the disabled boat and rescue those on board.

The passengers were placed on the Lupton which then met an ambulance at the ferry dock.


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