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Coast Guard investigating incident involving Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Coast Guard is investigating an incident yesterday involving the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

DOT spokeswoman Hollie Allen says around 6:30 p.m. a wave crashed over a ferry as it headed from Fort Fisher to Southport. She says there were 40 passengers, six crew members and 25 vehicles on board when it happened. The DOT believes the wake of a passing cargo ship caused the large wave.

Allen says the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry makes about 11,000 runs a year, and the DOT says this is the first time an incident like this has happened.

Allen says the ferry was not damaged, and that it is in operation today.

The Coast Guard has not yet returned a call about the investigation.

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