September 27, 2013
Ferry crew rescues two from
overturned sailboat off Ocracoke
8 p.m. North Carolina ferry run from Ocracoke to Cedar Island turned
into a daring rescue mission Thursday night, as the crew of the M/V
Cedar Island pulled two survivors of a sailboat accident from the rough
waters of Pamlico Sound.
John and Renee Hoffman of
Raleigh were sailing in Big Foot Slough just off of Ocracoke when winds
suddenly increased causing the boat to capsize.
“It happened so fast. The boat flipped and we were thrown into the water,” said John Hoffman.
the M/V Cedar Island was nearby, and Captain Steven Goodwin was able to
maneuver the ferry into position to launch the ferry’s 16-foot rescue
boat. Crew members Glenn Salter and Daniel Smith piloted the rescue
boat in 4-5 foot seas and 30 knot winds.
“They risked their
lives to get those two people out of the water,” said Captain Goodwin.
“They deserve all the credit. They performed the rescue at night in
some of the worst conditions possible.”
As the rescue boat
returned to the ferry and the crew brought the Hoffmans on board, the
15 passengers already on the ferry erupted into cheers.
M/V Cedar Island then returned to Ocracoke, where operations staff fed
the Hoffmans and gave them dry clothes and a chance to contact family
“We are so grateful for everything the ferry crew did
for us,” said John Hoffman. “We were very lucky they were so close by
and able to get to us. They probably saved our lives.”
the rescue, the M/V Cedar Island resumed its run to the mainland,
delivering its 15 passengers and their vehicles safely to their
destination. It will likely be a ferry ride that none of them will ever