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NC ferry runs aground in rough seas


MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) - A state-run ferry route connecting islands along North Carolina's Outer Banks is back in service after a vessel ran aground in rough seas.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says the Motor Vessel Frisco ran aground in Hatteras Inlet about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday with 35 passengers, six crew members and 19 vehicles on board. No injuries were reported.

The United States Coast Guard was informed of the incident and provided assistance until the ferry became free more than four hours later.

Rough seas Wednesday forced the suspension of state ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as well as between Ocracoke and the mainland. Ocracoke is not connected by a bridge and is accessible only by boat.

DOT reported Thursday that all ferry routes are back in service.

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