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Old 12-17-2013, 11:51 AM
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(CNN) -- A passenger ferry ran aground Tuesday near Battery Island, North Carolina, injuring 13 people, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ferry line said.
Fifty-three passengers and three crew members were on board, CNN affiliate WWAY reported. One passenger was flown to a hospital and 12 others were taken to regional hospitals.
All are expected to be OK, CNN affiliate WECT reported, citing the Coast Guard.
The 64-foot Adventure Ferry came to a sudden stop at about 9 a.m., which threw people around, leading some to crash into tables, a passenger told WWAY.
It was heading from Southport to Bald Head Island at the time,
The Coast Guard and other agencies responded to the scene.
The ferry transport was suspended until the Coast Guard determines the passageway is safe, said Joyce Fulton of Bald Head Island Limited, parent company of Bald Head Island Transportation, which operates the ferry.
As to why the ferry ran aground, she said, "We're still in the fact-gathering mode."

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"As to why the ferry ran aground, she said, "We're still in the fact-gathering mode." Maybe the water was too shallow?
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:04 PM
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I have ridden the ferries around the Outer Banks and I can tell you they run within 50ft of the shelf which leaves just enough room for the other ferry to squeeze by.

I have to agree with Joyce, maybe the water was too shallow or maybe it was her thoughts.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:08 PM
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Looking at the marine traffic data he was just a little off course. You can see the sandbar in Satellite view
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