The 50 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Sea Level ran aground in Bigfoot Slough off Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The ferry with 16 passengers was headed to Ocracoke from Cedar Island when it slowed as it approached shallow water, but strong winds pushed the ferry onto a sandbar. The vessel remain aground for 3 hours until it was able to free itself on the rising tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The Sea Level proceeded to Ocracoke where it unloaded all the passengers and vehicles on board. Reports state the area is known to have rapid and changing shoals.