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NC ferry crew rescues 2 after boat accident

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September 27, 2013 06:59 PM EST | AP


MANNS HARBOR, N.C. — The crew of a ferry boat has saved a North Carolina couple from the waters of Pamlico Sound after their sailboat capsized.

A news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation said John and Renee Hoffman of Black Mountain were sailing in Big Foot Slough just off Ocracoke Thursday night when winds suddenly increased, causing the boat to capsize.

The M/V Cedar Island was nearby, and Capt. Steven Goodwin maneuvered the ferry into position to launch its 16-foot rescue boat. Crew members Glenn Salter and Daniel Smith piloted the rescue boat in 4-5 foot seas and 30-knot winds.

Passengers on the ferry cheered as the rescue boat returned and the crew brought the Hoffmans on board.

The couple was taken back to Ocracoke.