Ferry passenger sheds clothes — Woman seemed ‘out of sorts’

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MINNESOTT BEACH – A woman, age 26, was arrested Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28, for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia after disrobing in the otherwise unoccupied lounge of a ferry vessel as it was crossing the Neuse River.

Our thanks to N.C. Ferry spokesperson Jamie Kritzer for this description of what took place:

We had an incident on the 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon ferry run. A female passenger had taken the ferry from Minnesott Beach at 11:30 a.m. to the Cherry Branch side, and then re-boarded the vessel to return at 1:30 p.m.


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Crew members concerned with her behavior kept an eye on her and offered politely to help her on a few occasions. Crew indicated she seemed “out of sorts.” She refused assistance. On the 1:30 p.m. run, she rode in the passenger lounge. The passenger was alone in the lounge when members of the crew opened the door and noticed she had removed her clothes.

Crew stayed at the door to prevent anyone from entering the lounge, as the ferry was en-route to Minnesott. The ferry crew contacted the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department. The passenger dressed again. A deputy arrived and escorted the passenger off the boat about 2:35 p.m.

During the incident, crew indicated the passenger kept to herself and never posed a threat to other passengers or crew. Ferry crew followed their protocol to ensure all passengers were safe.

After the incident, motorists on the Cherry Branch side reported slight delays in subsequent ferry arrival times, but operations quickly returned to normal.