Bald Head Island Ferry delayed due to dredging concerns
The Bald Head Island Transportation Agency canceled rides until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The ferry to Bald Head Island, which is a life line for many locals, has been docked until further notice due to the inability to dredge the channel entrance.
Recent wind conditions have stalled dredging the area and as a result, sand in the channel accumulates to the point where the ferry is unable to pass and run aground.
According to Joyce Fulton, the 3 p.m. passenger ferry will not run Thursday. The next run will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. Passengers are asked to contact the ferry department if they have any questions.
Bald Head Island Ferry passengers were delayed for hours Tuesday while service was temporarily suspended. The Bald Head Island Transportation Agency then canceled rides until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
This is nothing new for many ferry passengers.
Barry Chilton has been making a three hour drive to catch the ferry on her way to her summer villa for years. She and her sister were forced to arrange another ride to the island because of the growing inconvenience of the ferry and she's had enough.
"The ferry situation is one of the reasons why I have decided to sell my place on the island and get somewhere where I can get somewhere when I want to and get back when I want to," said Chilton.
According to spokesperson Joyce Fulton, she hopes the ferry is back up and running on its normal schedule Thursday, but due to the unpredictability of winds, they just aren't sure when the necessary dredging will be completed.
Bald Head Island officials say weather permitting, crews will be working overnight to address the dredging situation.