Saturday, March 14, 2015:
My husband Lance of 22 years of marriage just said “Everyone always worries about Friday the 13th, well let me tell you about Saturday, the 14th.
Truer words have yet to be spoken. We have had an unexpected yet pleasant adventure on our 22nd anniversary trip to the OBX, one we will never forget for many years to come.
Ocracoke-Cedar Island 4pm Ferry ‘Barry Silverlake’ had mechanical issues due to no hydraulics in the steering, having to run aground one mile south of Ocracoke on a sand bar and then drop anchor.
Petty Officer D. Weydert says USCG received the call around 5 pm Saturday.
Among the 14 passengers on board there was a female dog named ‘Annabelle,’ which were all safety evacuated by the United States Coast Guard around 10 pm and made arrangements overnight courtesy of the NCDOT.
Once again, my husband says, “We should call it ‘Operation Annabelle Extraction.'”
Above are also three photos courtesy of Kelly Chambers featuring ‘Annabelle.’ Kelly’s Mom Peggy Dickerson, Annabelle and her sister Dot Ehlers ferried in Saturday to celebrate her birthday, now stuck on the island with no way to return home and without clothing, necessities to wait out the day.
With help from a local tug boat crew, the crew of “Silverlake’ plan to get the ferry and all of the vehicles back to Ocracoke Island sometime Sunday.