HAVELOCK, NC - The crew of the NCDOT Ferry Divison's M/V Thomas A. Baum added some rescue duty to its 2 p.m. run between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach Sunday, coming to the aid of a New Bern man whose sailboat had overturned in the Neuse River.
The crew of the Baum overheard a radio call from the boater to the U.S. Coast Guard station at Fort Macon requesting immediate assistance. From the bridge of the Baum, Captain Wendell Hunnings and Mate Hal Gray were able to see the upturned hull of the sailboat approximately a half-mile away. After the captain turned the Baum toward the disabled boat, crew members Jeremy Dixon and Shawn Lewis launched the ferry's small rescue boat and sped toward the scene. Upon arriving, Dixon and Lewis pulled the boater, Daniel Roe of New Bern, North Carolina into the rescue boat, then attached a line onto the rigging of the sailboat and righted it. After determining that Roe was uninjured, they allowed him to climb back on board his boat. "I'm very grateful to the crew of the ferry," said Roe. "They really got me out of an extremely tough predicament."
After the rescue boat returned to the M/VBaum, the ferry completed its scheduled run to Minnesott Beach.