Grounded Bald Head Island ferry refloated

This morning a Coast Guard boat crew oversaw the refloating of the Bald Head Island ferry Adventure, which ran aground Tuesday in the vicinity of Battery Island near Southport, N.C. 

At approximately 8:30 a.m. during high tide, the crew aboard the 3,900-hp tug Cape Hatteras from the Moran Towing pulled the Adventure free and towed the ferry up the Cape Fear River to Wilmington (N.C.) Marine Center. The tug is based out of Wilmington.

Personnel from Bald Head Island Transportation had attempted to refloat the Adventure during Wednesday morning’s high tide without success.

The crew of the 64′ Adventure initially contacted Coast Guard Station Oak Island watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, reporting they had run aground and passengers aboard were in need of medical assistance.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 47′ motor lifeboat and a 25′ response boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island and diverted the Coast Guard cutter Bayberry to assist.

The crew of the Bayberry used their shallow water skiff to medevac 14 passengers from the Adventure and transfer them to the motor lifeboat and response boat. The crews aboard the two rescue boats then took the injured passengers to Deep Point Marina.

Partner agencies from Bald Head Island, Towboat US and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office helped recover the non-injured passengers and transferred them to the Bald Head Island Ferry Ranger. The ferry makes 20-minute runs from Deep Point Marina in Southport to Bald Head Island.

Coast Guard investigators are working to determine the cause of the grounding.

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