Ferry loses power off Bainbridge Island



SEATTLE - The Washington State Ferry Tacoma lost power while heading to Bainbridge Island from Seattle Tuesday afternoon.

The ferry was on the 12:20 p.m. run to Bainbridge when it lost power off Eagle Harbor with 405 passengers and 138 vehicles on board.

The Tacoma was able to drop anchor to prevent it from drifting onto the beach.

A smaller ferry, the Sealth, was briefly deployed to be on standby to assist the Tacoma.  It had 320 passengers and 84 vehicles on board.

Two tugboats from Foss Maritime arrived to get the ferry back to the Bainbridge Island terminal.

The Lindsey Foss arrived and hooked a line to the Tacoma.  A second tugboat, the Pacific Knight, also arrived to push the ferry in an effort to steer it.

The ferry was towed to the second slip at the Bainbridge Island terminal where passengers and vehicles started to be offloaded shortly after 3 p.m.

 Updates on ferry service can be found at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

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