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.