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10-foot wave rattles ferry passengers

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A 10-foot wave gave passengers on the Fort Fisher/Southport ferry quite a scare Tuesday evening. (Source: Brittany P.Capps) A 10-foot wave gave passengers on the Fort Fisher/Southport ferry quite a scare Tuesday evening. (Source: Brittany P.Capps)
The tanker that caused the wave. (Source: Linwood Gordon) The tanker that caused the wave. (Source: Linwood Gordon)
The approaching wave. (Source: Linwood Gordon) The approaching wave. (Source: Linwood Gordon)

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – A 10-foot wave gave passengers on the Fort Fisher/Southport ferry quite a scare Tuesday evening.

According to NCDOT Communications Officer Steve Abbott, a container ship passed by the ferry around 6:30 p.m., causing the wave.

The captain of the ferry turned into the wave so it would hit the bow, which is standard operating procedure.

Some passengers suffered minor injuries and six vehicles had minor damage. Abbott said the ferry made its way to Fort Fisher and everyone was able to drive away.

However, some passengers are still shaken up from the experience.  Brittany Capps was riding the ferry with her fiance.  She was scared for her life when the wave hit.

"Honestly, I was thinking that this looks like a tsunami coming straight for us," said Capps.  "I was thinking, I don't know if we are going to make it out of here alive.  I just didn't know if we were going to flip.  I just kept thinking, this is going to be a wild ride."

According to Abbott, the ferry had minor damage to the railing area and is operating normally.

Abbott said this is the first time they have a record of an incident like this happening. That ferry runs the same route approximately 11,000 times a year.

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