Fort Fisher Ferry Crew Honored For April Rescue of Kiteboarder

Fort Fisher Ferry Crew Honored For April Rescue of Kiteboarder

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:36

The crew of the North Carolina Ferry System's M/V Fort Fisher is awarded the "Extra Mile Award" by NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon.

 

SOUTHPORT, N.C. : June 27th - North Carolina transportation leaders today awarded the crew of the N.C. Ferry System’s M/V Fort Fisher with an Extra Mile Award for its actions rescuing a kiteboarder in the Cape Fear River back in April.

The Fort Fisher was completing an afternoon run from Southport April 21 when Captain Barry West noticed a man and his gear tangled in the Federal Point Rear Range Beacon. A few minutes later, the captain noticed the same man struggling to swim to shore against the current, and made the decision to launch the ferry’s lifeboat.

Crew members Peter Powell and Jon Moore navigated the lifeboat toward the swimmer, who was about 250 yards from shore. Powell and Moore pulled the man into the lifeboat and brought him back to the Fort Fisher Ferry Terminal. The man was exhausted and shaken but otherwise unhurt.

“We’re proud of the crew for acting quickly to rescue this kiteboarder,” said NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon. “In addition to serving our ferry passengers, our crews have always been good about coming to the aid of mariners and others in distress.”

Mike Fox, chairman of the State Board of Transportation, echoed Trogdon’s sentiments. “We appreciate the hard work of all NCDOT employees. Like our highway crews, our workers on the ferries are always looking out for the safety of the public.”

Today’s presentation was made aboard the M/V Fort Fisher, where transportation officials were taking a tour on the ferry system’s popular Cape Fear River route. Receiving the award were West, Powell, and Moore, along with fellow crew members William Carlson, Tim Terman and Christopher Petroff.

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