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Ferry Captain caused a Car to Fall into the Water

Captain of Ferry that caused a Car to Fall into the Water as been Suspended

On Wednesday evening, August 7, 2013, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the ferry “Surry” was preparing to leave from the Jamestown dock when it pulled away too soon, resulting in one of the cars falling into the water. The car was the sixth car to board the ferry when it suddenly began pulling away from the dock. A woman was inside the car when it dropped into the water and was able to get out and swim to the dock.

The captain of the ferry, known as the Jamestown Scotland Ferry, was Jack Goolsby, who has been employed with the Virginia Department of Transportation since 2012. A preliminary investigation has ruled that the ferry did not malfunction and the ferry was returned to service at 6:00 a.m. Thursday. At this time, investigators do not know why the ferry pulled away from the dock too early and are doing their best to hold those individuals in charge of the operation responsible.

The Coast Guard is conduction the majority of the investigation and tested every crew member for alcohol and drug use. So far, the only person who has been suspended is the captain. VDOT is also conducting and internal investigation of the incident.

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