Coast Guard investigating cause of ferry accident - WNCT

Coast Guard investigating cause of ferry accident

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - SOUTHPORT, N.C. - The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a ferry accident that left more than a dozen people injured.
    
The vessel ran aground near Battery Island Tuesday.
    
Passengers say those who could help rushed to the hurt while they waited for more help to arrive.

"Everybody stayed calm and came together, and helped out the injured until the Coast Guard got there," said Chris Reavis, passenger.

"Everybody was checking on each other basically,” said Matthew Fleming, passenger. “Everybody was like, are you alright?'"

Witnesses say injured passengers were evacuated first and taken to the hospital.
    
53 passengers and three crew members were on board.
    
No one was seriously injured.

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A private ferry serving Bald Head Island has run aground near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, injuring several passengers.
   
Bald Head Island Limited spokeswoman Joyce Fulton said the 64-foot ferry Adventure ran aground Tuesday shortly after departing Southport at 9 a.m.
   
At least 30 people were on the ferry at the time of the accident. Fulton disputed earlier reports that some passengers had been thrown into the water by the impact.
   
Coast Guard officials said three vessels responded and transported 14 injured passengers back to Southport, where ambulances were waiting.
   
Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said one person was airlifted from the scene with potentially serious injuries.
   
Water temperatures on Tuesday were about 50 degrees. The ferry ride between Southport and Bald Head is typically takes 20 minutes.

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