One of the ferries that runs between Ocracoke and Cedar Island ran aground Saturday after drifting into shallow water, prompting a call to the Coast Guard for help.
The captain of the Silver Lake, a 220-foot passenger and vehicle ferry, called the Coast Guard by cell phone at about 5 p.m. after the grounding a mile south of Ocracoke, according to a Coast Guard statement.
A crew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat from the Coast Guard station at Hatteras Inlet helped 14 passengers off the ferry and took them to the Ocracoke South Ferry Terminal, the statement said.
The NCDOT said the motor vessel lost its steering power, which led to the grounding. It was returned to Ocracoke under tow.
Silver Lake was making its last run of the day to Cedar Island, according to a NCDOT statement. Mechanics and the crew stayed on board to make repairs and wait for the arrival of the tugboat Royal Engineer. The passengers, crew and ship were never in any danger, the statement said.
Seven vehicles were unloaded and claimed by their owners after the vessel was towed to Ocracoke. This morning, the Royal Engineer was to tow the Silver Lake to the state shipyard to be repaired and inspected.
“We have very detailed plans for when incidents like this occur, and they were followed to the letter,” said NCDOT Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin.
“The safety of our passengers and crews are our top priority at all times. We certainly apologize for the inconvenience these passengers had to deal with, but we are grateful that they are all safely back on shore. We want to thank the US Coast Guard for assisting us during this incident.”
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