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August 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Smoke on West Seattle Water Taxi puts it out of service

Bicyclist Beth Dwyer of West Seattle is turned away at the West Seattle taxi dock Friday morning. Dwyer said she had planned to ride her bike to work all summer and finally decided to go for it, but when an alternator failed and filled the engine room with smoke, the boat had to turn around and evacuate its passengers. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The West Seattle Water Taxi is out of service because of smoke on one of its boats, according to King County Metro.

Taxi service was suspended after mechanical problems on the Rachel Marie, a more than 70-foot vessel, caused crew members to turn around and head back to the dock, according to Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer. It’s unclear when service will be restored.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said crews were dispatched to the dock at 1660 Harbor Ave. S.W. around 7:30 a.m. on reports of smoke aboard the boat. It was determined that the smoke was coming from an alternator, Moore said.

Moore said that the dock “definitely smells of an electrical fire.”

Twenty-five passengers were evacuated from the ship — no one was hurt.

The water taxi travels from Seacrest Park, in West Seattle, to Pier 50,  on the downtown Seattle waterfront.

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