leaving Ocracoke collides with yacht
N.C. Department of Transportation ferry, the Motor Vessel Carteret, was
involved in an accident with a private boat at 8:40 p.m. on Saturday
night, Sept. 4.
There were no serious injuries, and the U.S. Coast Guard is
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 onboard. The ferry made its turn at the
junction light and was between navigation markers No. 4 and No. 6 when
the accident happened.
According to a Coast Guard spokesperson, a 35-foot motor yacht crossed
the bow of the ferry and the ferry collided with the yacht.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras responded with two rescue vessels and
pulled two people and two dogs from the yacht. The crew of MV Carteret
launched its rescue boat and assisted the Coast Guard.
There were no injuries onboard the ferry. The occupants of the private
boat sustained minor injuries, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.
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 Hatteras Inlet
was deployed to tow the yacht to shallow water.
As is standard procedure, Hyde County deputies and Coast Guard
personnel performed alcohol testing on ferry crew members, who tested
negative. Drug testing will also be performed later today.
Coast Guard personnel inspected the MV Carteret and cleared it to
Once the USCG investigation is completed, NCDOT will release the