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State, local federal law enforcement train in simulated active shooter incident aboard ferry

NCDOT Ferry Division

State, federal and local law enforcement agencies trained together in Eastern North Carolina Wednesday on how to respond effectively to an emergency aboard a local ferry.

The training included a simulation of law enforcement and emergency response to an active shooter incident on board a ferry as it cruised along the Neuse River near the Cherry Branch terminal.

The training was part of a series of required exercises to help ensure emergency response teams know how to conduct a coordinated and timely response to a major incident on a ferry.

The Coast Guard, State Highway Patrol, Ferry Division, and the New Bern, Atlantic Beach and Pamlico County Police Departments – along with Craven- County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Marine Patrol -- participated.

There were no passengers on the ferry and there was no interruption to service, as the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach route was already suspended due to ramp maintenance.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in Eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.