Ferry crew rescues stranded kite surfer from Neuse River

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Personnel from the Ferry Neuse use a rescue launch to pull kite surfer Eric Kindle, of Oriental, out of the Neuse River on Tuesday afternoon. Kindle’s kite broke, leaving him stranded without a life jacket about 500 yards off Wilkinson Point near Minnesott Beach. Because of the strong north winds and current of the river, Kindle was unable to get back to shore on his own.

Roy Holton Jr./N.C. Ferry Division
Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM.

There’s a bumper sticker in the lobby of the Minnesott Beach ferry terminal that says “When it’s too far to swim, 1-800-By-Ferry.”

It’s something Eric Kindle knows all about.

Crew members aboard a Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry rescued Kindle from the Neuse River Tuesday after the lines on Kindle’s kite board broke, leaving him stranded in the water without a life jacket.

The crew of the Ferry Neuse had just left the Minnesott Beach terminal with motorists headed to Cherry Branch for its 4:45 p.m. run when the call came in of a man in the water near the boat’s location.

“It was real rough out there. We had whitecaps,” said David Buck, night watchman at the Minnesott Ferry terminal.

Winds at the time were blowing about 25 mph with higher gusts. The winds and the current were taking Kindle farther and farther away from shore, and the temperature was falling steadily from the 50s into the 40s as night approached.

“We had left Minnesott and we were halfway across the river,” said Capt. David A. Moore, pilot of the 180-foot ferry.



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