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MANTEO, North Carolina — In a story March 28 about Oregon Inlet, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the water is 65 feet deep under the bridge. The bridge is 65 feet above the surface of the water.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Coast Guard closes Outer Banks inlet to most deep-sea ships

Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet on Outer Banks to most deep-sea ships due to channel shoaling

MANTEO, North Carolina — The Coast Guard is closing an Outer Banks inlet to all but small recreational vessels because collected sand has made the channel too shallow.

The Coast Guard said Saturday it is banning vessels with more than a 2-foot draft from approaching the Oregon Inlet. That's to prevent an accident damaging the Bonner Bridge, the only road access for residents of Hatteras Island.

The order bans larger boats like fishing charter ships from coming within 100 yards of the bridge. Violators can be fined up to $32,500.

Coast Guard Petty Officer David Weydert said there is a 65-foot clearance under the bridge with barriers that protect it from a crash that could damage the traffic lifeline.

Weydert said it's unknown when dredging the channel will allow it to be reopened.

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