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Ferry undergoing repairs after running aground in Ocracoke

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-15 20:21:42-04

Update: The Silver Lake was towed back to Ocracoke Sunday after losing steering power and running aground Saturday.  The seven cars on the ferry were unloaded there and claimed by their owners.  On Monday morning the ferry will be towed to the State Shipyard to be repaired and inspected.

Ocracoke, N.C. –  The Coast Guard helped a ferry that ran aground Saturday afternoon one mile south of Ocracoke.

According to the Coast Guard, the captain of the Silver Lake, a 220 foot passenger ferry, called them around five p.m. because the ferry had drifted into shallow water and became stuck.

Coast Guard members removed 14 passengers from the ferry and took them to the ferry terminal.

No one was injured.

According to the North Carolina Ferry System, the Silver Lake had lost steering.  As of about 10 p.m. Saturday, crew and mechanics were still on board trying to repair the steering issue.