A Wildwood-based website says one of the Cape May Lewes Ferry boats got stuck in the canal last evening.

Wildwood Video Archive says it happened around 7pm as the MV Cape Henlopen was returning to Cape May from Lewes, Delaware "when it hit rough waters and high winds."

Photo Courtesy of Mark Baranoski
Photo Courtesy of Mark Baranoski

The website article describes what happened:

As soon as they turned into the Cape May Canal they were hit with the cross wind which was pushing them ever so close to the jetty closest to Higbee Beach.

People started gathering at Douglass Park after word got out that the ferry was fighting the wind and the waves.

Cape May’s Sea Tow came to the rescue.

Nothing about the incident in on the Cape May Lewes Ferry's website, but there is a note about the ferry service being cancelled for at least the first two trips today:

TRAVEL ADVISORY: For Weds., 11/18/20,

Due to high winds and low tides, the 7:00am Cape May and 8:45am Lewes departures have been cancelled.

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UPDATE: A representative of the Delaware River & Bay Authority which runs the Cape May Ferry tells us there were 9 cars and  23 passengers on the ferry with no injuries. The ferry ran aground in the canal due to extreme  high winds and tidal conditions.

A representative of Sea Two says their tow boat was the only boat assisting.


Sunset on the beach in Cape May County on the last day of summer, 2020

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