M/V Silver Lake to undergo repairs after
running aground at Ocracoke
North Carolina Department of Transportation's ferry M/V Silver Lake
returned to Ocracoke today under tow after losing steering power and
running soft-aground Saturday night.
happened about one mile south of Ocracoke as the Silver Lake was making
its last run of the day to Cedar Island. The captain of the Silver Lake
contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which sent a boat from its Hatteras
Station to bring the ferry's 14 passengers back to Ocracoke.
and the crew remained on board the Silver Lake to perform repairs and
wait for the arrival of the tugboat Royal Engineer. The passengers,
crew and ship were never in any danger at any time.
the arrival of the tug, the Silver Lake was towed back to Ocracoke,
where the seven vehicles were unloaded and claimed by their owners. On
Monday morning, the Royal Engineer will tow the Silver Lake to the
State Shipyard to be repaired and inspected before returning to service.
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 U.S. Coast Guard for
assisting us during this incident."
Pamlico Sound ferries resumed their normal schedules on Sunday morning.