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FIRST ON 3: BHI ferry moves to dry dock, captain keeping quiet

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Bald Head Island ferry is again on dry land, but off a sand bar. And we're learning more about the man who was reportedly in charge of the vessel when it ran aground Tuesday.

WWAY has learned the captain was Rodney Melton.

We went to Melton's house looking for answers. He did not want to do an interview with us, but his wife says he has already talked to the passengers injured in the accident. Cathy Melton did not want to say more.

"All questions are to be directed to the (Bald Head Island Limited) Director of Communications Joyce Fulton, and if you would, please leave," Cathy Melton said.

Fulton would not confirm if Melton was the captain when the ferry Adventure ran aground Tuesday morning. She did say the captain involved is not on the ferry schedule as the Coast Guard investigates. She could not say, though, if that will continue until the investigation is done.

Melton's neighbor had only good things to say about him.

"Mr. Melton is a good man, and everyone who knows him thinks he is a good man," Emery Rahrs said.

Meanwhile, the boat has finally been freed from a sand bar off Southport. Fulton says Thursday morning crews used a tugboat to recover the ferry without damaging the boat. The ferry then traveled without help to dry dock at Wilmington Marine Center.

Fulton says now a complete inspection can be made on the boat.

The Coast Guard investigation into the incident continues.

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I agree 100% with the

I agree 100% with the neighbor and I think you will find a lot of people agree! Rodney Melton is a good man!

Is a good man

I can't recall anyone saying he wasn't a good man. That's got nothing to do with anything.

Civil/Criminal Investigation

The ferry Captain is under no obligation to speak with anyone except the Coast Guard investigators, his company, and if in his heart, the passengers that were injured.

I do not think any less of him for his refusal to answer a minor media outlet's questions. Since the Coast Guard's investigation could possibly result in a revocation of license, or other punitive actions, and the lawyers are no doubt circling. He is a wise man that keeps his mouth shut.

I understand it is your job to ask questions, and inquiring minds probably want to know, but it is always a little snarky of the media to slant their articles into something more sinister when someone refuses to talk with them.

Go ask the Coast Guard about the investigation and they'll tell y'all to go back to your cave until the investigation is complete. Ask them again, and they'll tell you the same.

AMEN

The media thinks they are owed when 75% of the time they print what they want...