The Coast Guard has released more details about an accident that happened Saturday night where a ferry collided with a 35-foot motor yacht.
Officials say the MV Carteret, a 220-foot ferry, departed Ocracoke on its regularly scheduled 8:30 p.m. departure to Cedar Island with one vehicle, eight passengers and a crew of seven on board. The ferry made its turn at the junction light and was between navigation markers #4 and #6 when the accident took place.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson, a 35-foot motor yacht crossed the bow of the ferry and the ferry collided with the yacht. USCG Station Hatteras responded with two rescue vessels and pulled two people and two dogs from the yacht. The crew of MV Carteret launched their rescue boat and assisted USCG.
There were no injuries on board the ferry. The occupants of the private boat sustained minor injuries, according to USCG spokesperson.
As is standard procedure, Hyde county deputies and USCG personnel performed alcohol testing on ferry crew members, who tested negative. Drug testing will also be performed later today.
USCG personnel inspected the MV Carteret and cleared it to continue operating.
The yacht was damaged and has a hole from slightly above the waterline to the deck.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatters Inlet was deployed to tow the yacht to shallow water.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Coast Guard officials are investigating a collision involving a ferry and a 35-foot-boat.
They tell us it happened around 8:39 p.m. Saturday night.
They say a ferry was departing Ocracoke Island when it collided with the boat.
They say two people were taken off the boat and received medical care, but did not have serious injuries.
We will bring you more details as soon as they become available.