Coast Guard

2:54 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

First Attempt to Re-float Grounded BHI Ferry Fails; Investigation of Accident Underway

BHI Ferry "Adventure" grounded on sand bar
U.S. Coast Guard

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The first attempt to recover the Bald Head Island ferry that slammed into a sand bar yesterday has failed.  At 10:30 AM, which was high tide Wednesday morning, crews tried to re-float the 64-foot passenger vessel “Adventure”.   

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4:45 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bald Head Island Ferry runs aground near Battery Island; 13 people injured

Bald Head Island Ferry "Adventure" grounded off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina
U.S. Coast Guard

It was just after 9 AM Tuesday morning when the Bald Head Island Ferry "Adventure" traveling to Bald Head Island from Southport ran aground near Battery Island. 

The impact of the grounding injured thirteen people – one potentially seriously.  That person was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Eleven others went to nearby Dosher Hospital in Southport for treatment.  

WWAY’s Sarah Murphy was on the scene and spoke to some deeply-shaken passengers.

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