N.C. ferry runs aground injuring 14

Dec. 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM   |   0 comments

BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to a ferry running aground Tuesday off the North Carolina shore, injuring 14 people on board, officials said.

The Bald Head Island ferry Adventure, a 64-foot vessel running between Deep Point and Bald Head Island, ran aground shortly after 9 a.m. There were 60 people on board at the time. Of them, 14 were hurt. The severity of their injuries was not reported.

It was not immediately clear what caused the ferry to hit land. The ride between the two destinations only takes 22 minutes to complete, CNN reported. The vessel went aground near Battery Island, N.C.

The Coast Guard responded to the ferry captain's report of a grounding and transferred the injured passengers to one of two response ships and took them to Deep Point Marina, where they were off-loaded and given medical attention. The remaining passengers were put on one of several other responding vessels and taken to their destination, the Coast Guard said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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