Coast Guard investigating wave that hit NC ferry, damaged cars

POSTED: 5:59 PM May 15 2013   UPDATED: 6:34 PM May 15 2013
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WILMINGTON, NEW HANOVER COUNTY -

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an incident involving the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry that resulted in a 10-foot wave crashing onto the deck, damaging some cars.

A 925-foot Liberian cargo ship created the wave that struck the ferry Tuesday.

Ferry Director Harold Thomas says the ferry was returning to Fort Fisher from Southport when the Hanjin Pretoria left the Port of Wilmington and created the wave. The rushing water moved vehicles.

A Coast Guard spokesman says at least one person reported an injury.

Thomas says the route is the only one in the state where ferries daily face major ships the size of the Hanjin Pretoria.

The ferry was running Wednesday. Thomas says its only damage was a bent pole that holds a safety net.