The largest town on the island is Wyk on its eastern coast. In addition there are sixteen tiny hamlets, three of them with very old churches from the 12th and 13th centuries. The native population speaks, besides German, a local idiom of the Frisian language known as Föhring or Fering. A local peculiarity is that almost all place names end with the suffix -um (e.g. the villages Nieblum, Utersum, Wrixum etc).
The island is accessible by a car-ferry connecting the mainland port of Dagebüll and the town of Wyk.
Bon applied the Feres doctrine to bar an FTCA suit that was brought by a servicewoman who was injured when a canoe she had rented from a Navy recreational center was hit by a serviceman driving a recreational motorboat also rented from the center.
Feres did not turn on the location of the accidents, because active-duty members of the military are subject to military discipline and operate within the military command structure at a variety of locations.
This Court expressly reaffirmed the Feres doctrine in Johnson, however, noting that it has never deviated from Feres in the decades since that case was decided and that Congress, which has clearly been on notice of this Court's decisions in the area, has never modified the doctrine.
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