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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A day after a Bald Head Island ferry ran aground hurting more than a dozen people, the boat is still stranded on a sandbar. Meanwhile we are no closer to finding out who the captain was or what caused the grounding.

“We’re on the Bald Head Island ferry,” a 911 caller told a dispatcher after the accident Tuesday morning. “It has come to an abrupt stop in the channel, and we have injured people thrown to the deck. We’ve got a broken nose. Passengers were thrown to the floor.”

Lt. Lane Munroe says Coast Guard investigators are looking into what may have caused the crash.

“We’re going to look into any causative factors, whether they be environmental, mechanical, or personnel driven,” he said. “And we’re going to base that for future actions for the coast guard to look at all ferry traffic within the state.”

Bald Head Island Transportation attempted to move the ferry Wednesday morning, but were unsuccessful. Lt. Monroe says the Coast Guard is working closely with the owners to develop a new plan to salvage the boat.

Meanwhile Bald Head Island Limited spokeswoman Joyce Fulton says the company will not release the captain’s name until the Coast Guard investigation is complete. She says sharing the captain’s name is inappropriate at this time.

The Coast Guard also will not release the captain’s name. Monroe says they would not want anyone speculating on what happened and why before the investigation is complete, but he says there is no way to tell how long the investigation will take.

Fulton says all 13 victims were treated and released from the hospital by late Tuesday afternoon. She says Bald Head Island Limited hopes to try again to move the ferry tomorrow morning.

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20 Comments on "Attempt to move grounded ferry fails, injured passengers out of hospital"

2015 years 10 months ago

there is one positive thing to be noticed in the picture, whoever did the “stability” letter got it right, that is a stable hull.

Guest Vader
2015 years 10 months ago

Several years ago, BHI helped sweep the Devina Buff Jones tragedy under the carpet for fear of bad publicity, now they are keeping the name of a boat captain who made a pretty big mistake secret. As a former employee of BHI, I can assure you that the captain is not always running the boat.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Except you have to call Russia to get one. Or…they could have filled the Ferry with large Helium balloons and Cherry Point could have helped lift it out. They are right up the street aren’t they???

2015 years 10 months ago

Proof!Ignorance is bliss! We are not necessarily talking about the ferry captain here!

2015 years 10 months ago

The ship set ground, on the shore of this uncharted, desert isle…..

2015 years 10 months ago

That must be same fee hungry group that moved the sand bar in the middle of the night.
Lets just start out blaming the Attorney’s and skip the conspiracy theories from the get go.
Were you sued as a small child? Or couldn’t get into Law School ?

2015 years 10 months ago

I knew my comment would draw some attorney or dreg of society out of their burrow. Never fails.

2015 years 10 months ago

That ship was 952’feet long.

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope this is not like that cruise ship disaster the Costa Concordia in Italy. That boat took some highly educated highly expensive engineers to right it. I hope that is not the case in Brunswick County.

2015 years 10 months ago

it’s a group of fee hungry attorneys striving to recreate the incident for later use in securing contingencies.

Tired of it Citizen
2015 years 10 months ago

Actually it’s a pretty easy removal and shouldn’t take but one day!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Yes Craig…the Bald Head Island ferry is a cruise ship that takes folks on a 20 minute “cruise” between Deep Point Marina and Bald Head.

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope everyone was OK….

2015 years 10 months ago

Shouldn’t they drain fluids before moving it to avoid any other probelms??

2015 years 10 months ago

That’s funny!

2015 years 10 months ago

Its pretty simple the captain made an error or boat malfunction. Period. Accidents can happen. Taking months to investigate is a waste of tax payor dollars. The people injured should be the priority. Take responsibility and move on.

2015 years 10 months ago

Why does the public need to know the pilot’s name? Ninety nine percent of the readers wouldn’t know him, anyway. Let’s just be thankful everyone is okay and let the Coast Guard do their jobs.

2015 years 10 months ago

any guess whether the captain was driving or letting someone else man the wheel? those ferry boats have no concern for smaller boats with their wake but any of those captains should be able to run that same route day in and out with a blindfold on.

2015 years 10 months ago

It;s a full moon. Wait for the tide to come in and try to pull it out then. The boat is not that large relly.

2015 years 10 months ago

Gilligan’s Island….


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