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Ferry that ran aground near Ocracoke had lost steering power; will be repaired, inspected

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OCRACOKE, North Carolina — Authorities say the ferry that lost steering power and ran aground about a mile south of Ocracoke has been returned to the island.

No one was injured when the Silver Lake ran aground Saturday after it drifted into shallow water and got stuck. A life boat crew from Hatteras Inlet Coast Guard Station got the 14 passengers off the ferry. They were taken to the Ocracoke South Ferry Terminal.

Officials with the state Transportation Department say mechanics and the crew remained on board the ferry to wait for the arrival of a tugboat, which took the 220-foot ferry back to Ocracoke on Sunday. The tugboat will tow the Silver Lake to the state shipyard on Monday for repairs.

The ferry will then be inspected and returned to service.

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