Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cape Vincent/Wolfe Island Ferry Involved In Incident

Photo courtesy of HornesFerry.com

UPDATE (October 17  9:15 a.m.) - Crews and divers worked last night at Anchor Marina to secure the van, which was submerged in the river. The ferry had returned to its dock.

Ferry service has ended for the season, 12 days early, according to the ferry's website.

ORIGINAL REPORT - Word out of Cape Vincent is that the Horne's Ferry between Cape Vincent and Wolfe Island has been involved in an incident.

Earlier this afternoon, the ferry was traveling across the mouth of the river when a van managed to fall overboard into the water. The van was not occupied by the family that had been traveling in it at the time.

YNN's Brian Dwyer reports from the scene that the ferry is still in working order and the van remains submerged, but at the dock after being towed in by another boat. Quick work by the crew on board the ferry as they secured a rope to the van's tire before it went overboard.

While returning to the dock in Cape Vincent, fire personnel were called to the marina to assist an unresponsive person. The person is said to be ferry owner George Horne, according to the Watertown Daily Times. It is believed that he suffered a heart attack. His condition is unknown.

Story updated at 3:52 p.m.

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