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Ocracoke to the rescue

The first of three personal boats leave Ocracoke Monday morning with supplies for Cedar Islanders, who were cut off by Hurricane Florence. Photo: C. Leinbach

The first of three personal boats leave Ocracoke Monday morning with supplies for Cedar Islanders, who were cut off by Hurricane Florence. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.  12:08 p.m.

By Connie Leinbach

Ocracoke Island deployed its own Hurricane Florence aid effort this morning when three boats laden with goods departed from Ocracoke for Cedar Island, which has been cut off by Hurricane Florence.

“From Stacy to here, they are cut off,” said Noel Goodwin, who with several other Ocracoke islanders Monday morning loaded three personal skiffs with cases of water, gasoline, bleach, trays of bread, tarps, pet food and other supplies and necessities.

“I grew up there,” Goodwin said as the boats were packed. “They need everything.  They don’t have cell service.”

Fess Winstead, one of the boat pilots, said the ride from Ocracoke will take about 40 minutes. The flotilla will land at the Cedar Island fish house in front of the community cemetery, Goodwin said, where Cedar Island residents will meet the boats.

Ocracoke Islanders brought their items to the Poker House in Oyster Creek where the boats launched shortly after 10 a.m.

Not all of the donated items fit in the boats and the group will make runs to Cedar Island as needed.

“We’ll find out what they need,” she said before she boarded one of the boats.

The second boat, helmed by Fess Winstead, from Ocracoke is ready to take off for Cedar Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

The second boat, helmed by Fess Winstead, from Ocracoke is ready to take off for Cedar Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

Ocracoke Islanders load one of three personal boats to ferry supplies to Cedar Island residents cut off by Hurricane Florence. Photo: C. Leinbach

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  1. Thank you for all that you do and may good things come your way. Taught Driver ed there in Ocracoke in 1997

    • Hi, John. Don’t know at the moment, but will try to find out, unless you want to all Fess Winstead or Wade Austin. They would know.