February 28, 2014
Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry free
after a day stuck on sand
By CONNIE LEINBACH
early morning ferry boat to Cedar Island was freed late this afternoon
after spending all day stuck in sand in the ditch just in Ocracoke
since shortly after it left the dock.
“I’ve never seen one stuck
there before,” said Wilson Garrish, an Ocracoke native who braved the
chilly and gust northeast winds this afternoon on the N.C. Center for
the Advancement of Teaching property near the entrance to Silver Lake
to see the grounded boat M/V Carteret. “The wind is just keeping her
According to N.C. Ferry Division spokesman Timothy Hass,
seven passengers and six crew members were in the boat when it ran
aground after departing the terminal at 7:30 a.m. No one was
hurt, no one was in any danger, and there’s no apparent danger to the
vessel, he said.
The tug boat Albemarle arrived around 1 p.m. to
aid in the release. Pulling from the front for about a half hour did
nothing. Then the crew tied up on the back of the ferry and began
pulling that end.
“It’s not even budging,” noted Garrish.
After that attempt, the Albemarle released the ropes and went into Silver Lake Harbor to the dock.
will try again in about an hour,” Hass said around 3 p.m. “We need a
little more water or a little less wind. We’re waiting for the tide to
come in. Once the vessel is off the sandbar, it will return to
Ocracoke to disembark passengers and vehicles.”
The ferry was finally freed just before 5 p.m. this afternoon.
said there is a galley on the boat, and the crew fed the passengers
lunch. The Ferry Division offered to take the passengers off the
boat during the day, but all declined.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry had stopped running earlier in the day, he said.
Notices as to what ferries are running are updated on the N.C. Ferry Division’s Facebook page, Hass said.