On Febuary 9, the 41 foot long fishing vessel Allicat capsized in Snows Cut on the Cape Fear River near Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The Allicat was en route to Florida when it ran aground in Snows Cut. The two crew on board was waiting for the next high tide to attempt to refloat the fishing vessel, but the Allicat began to capsized. One crew was able to contact the Coast Guard while the other went overboard into the water. The Coast Guard dispatched a rescue boat and safely rescued both men. Both crewmen sustained injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Authorities did state there was a small sheen spotted around the vessel. A response team was hired to remove the batteries and fuel on board the Allicat. A boom was placed around the partially sunk Allicat to contain any further pollution released.
The 120 foot long passenger ship Royal Winner Princess II allided with a boat ramp pier near Snow’s Cut, North Carolina. The vessel had suffered a malfunction when a steering pump failed and the vessel drifted into the pier. The vessel was able to restore the pump and return to its berth. Reports state 6 of the 159 passengers on board suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.