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Critical shoaling in the channel at Bigfoot Slough outside Ocracoke’s harbor has prompted the North Carolina Ferry Division to modify the ferry schedule between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island starting Saturday (April 22).
Dredging will begin next week, according to a press release from the Ferry Division.
The schedule will be as follows:
- Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Water levels in Bigfoot Slough are critically low, especially at low tide, the press release says.
“We have asked the Army Corps of Engineers to perform an emergency dredging operation as soon as possible, and we’re hoping to see that operation begin next week,” said Ferry Division Interim Director Jed Dixon. “Until then, we have to limit our schedule in the area in order to operate safely.”
The limited schedules will remain in effect until the dredging operation is complete.