N.C. ferry towed from sandbar after running aground

The Associated Press

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WILMINGTON — Workers have freed the ferry that ran aground and became stuck on a sandbar on the North Carolina coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the 64-foot pedestrian ferry Adventure was towed Thursday from a sandbar in the Southport Channel to Wilmington for inspection.

Coast Guard Lt. Lane Munroe said Bald Head Island Transportation refloated the Adventure about 9 a.m. and took it to Wilmington Marine Center, where it will be inspected by a contractor hired by the owner. The Coast Guard will also inspect the boat as part of its investigation into what caused the accident.

Munroe said the boat was outside of the marked channel when it hit the sandbar during low tide on Tuesday. At least 30 people were on the ferry at the time of the accident.