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    • AICW Marine Fatalities, Snow’s Cut and Southport, NC

      Snow’s Cut begins at Statute Mile 295 and Southport is on the Cape Fear River at Statute Mile 309. Our thoughts go out to the families of these victims.

      Cruising News:
      Regret that Wilmington NC reported a drowning in Snow’s Cut Sunday and a boating fatality near Southport, Sat. eve. Southport appears to have been due to navigational hazard/error. Very sorry to learn of these losses.
      Sherri

      This Article from Star News Online: Click link below for full report.

      The search continued Monday morning for a boy believed drowned in the waters beneath the Snow’s Cut bridge Saturday.
      The 13-year-old Rocky Point boy went missing about 1:45 pm Saturday. He was with his parents and 3-year-old brother swimming and fishing along the southern banks of the Intracoastal Waterway near Carolina Beach, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
      http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20120805/ARTICLES/120809853

      A U.S. Coast Guard boat searches the water under Snow’s Cut Bridge for a teenager who disappeared in the water about 1:40 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2012.

      This article from WCET – TV6, Wilmington, NC. Click link below for full article:

      SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – A Wilmington woman is dead and another three are hurt after a boat crashed into a platform in Southport, according to the Coast Guard.
      According to Sgt. Ben Meyer, Barbara Pierce, 57, was pronounced dead at New Hanover Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained from the boat crash.
      Meyer said, Pierce’s husband, Edward Pierce, 58, was driving the boat and most likely slammed into a concrete slab in the Cape Fear River, trying to avoid a collision. The two of them along with passengers Michelle Boley, 30, and Taylor Gill, 25, were headed north to Wilmington.
      On Saturday night, good Samaritans helped the responding agency with the rescue. Pierce contacted the Coast Guard for help at approximately 9 p.m. A 25-foot response boat was dispatched, according to the release.

      If you have more details about the circumstances of this collision, let us hear from you. Thanks!

      I am puzzled as to why the obstacle that the Pierce boat struck is not lighted or better yet, removed.
      Horace Whitaker

      http://www.wect.com/story/19199168/coast-guard-reponds-to-fatal-boat-crash-in-southport

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