Several people were injured on Dec. 17, 2013, when the Bald Head Island Ferry ran aground near Southport. (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard via WRAL)
SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- A private ferry serving Bald Head Island has run aground near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, injuring several passengers.
Bald Head Island Limited spokeswoman Joyce Fulton said the 64-foot ferry Adventure ran aground Tuesday shortly after departing Southport at 9 a.m.
At least 30 people were on the ferry at the time of the accident. Fulton disputed earlier reports that some passengers had been thrown into the water by the impact.
Coast Guard officials said three vessels responded and transported 14 injured passengers back to Southport, where ambulances were waiting.
Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said one person was airlifted from the scene with potentially serious injuries.
Water temperatures on Tuesday were about 50 degrees. The ferry ride between Southport and Bald Head is typically takes 20 minutes.