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September 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM
UPDATE 2:45 P.M. | The U.S. Coast Guard says the woman they rescued is in good condition after a 25-foot Seattle-based Coast Guard boat spotted her in the water. Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Littlejohn said the woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The Seattle Fire Department says she is in stable condition.
A 45-foot Coast Guard boat, Coast Guard helicopter and Seattle Harbor Patrol boat also assisted in the rescue.
UPDATE 2:20 P.M. | A person who reportedly jumped off a Bainbridge Island ferry has been recovered from the water and taken by a Coast Guard boat to Seattle, according to a passenger aboard the Wenatchee. His condition was not immediately known.
“We saw the boats converge on something,” said passenger Karen Collins. “Later they told us on the speaker it takes a lot of people to pull this off, and thanked passengers for their role in helping him to get on his road to recovery.”
After being stopped to help search for the person for about 45 minutes, the ferry Wenatchee is again on its way from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, she said.
ORIGINAL POST: Rescuers are searching for a man witnesses say jumped off a ferry after it had departed Seattle for Bainbridge Island this afternoon.
Though the report of a passenger’s fall into Puget Sound about halfway through its trip after a 1:10 departure is still unconfirmed, two of the Wenatchee ferry’s rescue boats and the Coast Guard have been called to search nearby waters for the man, said Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division.
The Tacoma ferry scheduled to leave Seattle at 2:05 p.m. left early to help search as well, she said.
July 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM
VICTORIA, B.C (AP) — A ferry crushed a seaplane dock in Victoria as it was backing out of its berth Wednesday night in the inner harbor.
No one was hurt and no planes or boats were damaged. The ferry Coho continued on its schedule, crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles.
Officials are investigating the accident.
The president of the Black Ball Ferry Line, Ryan Burles, says conditions were windy at the time. He says the captain is a 15-year veteran and the crew is very experienced.
The Times Colonist website has a photo and video of the incident.
May 14, 2013 at 5:49 AM
The Associated Press
A Seattle police officer was bitten while arresting a man who threatened passengers with a knife on a state ferry from Bremerton.
The ferry terminal in Seattle was locked down Monday night while officers went aboard to arrest the man who had locked himself in the galley.
The officer who was bitten was taken to a hospital. The suspect was restrained and taken to a hospital.
One passenger told KOMO the passenger “freaked out” about half way through the boat ride, pulled a knife and went screaming and running.
December 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Therese Charvet thought her ferry ride to Seattle Thursday afternoon was going to be routine, but, well, it was anything but, she tells our community news partner Inside Bainbridge.
When a call for medical assistance crackled over the ferry intercom, Charvet, a retired midwife, thought it was probably someone having a heart attack.
But it was the impending birth of baby Lucy, who was delivered on the ferry with the help of Charvet, a delivery and labor nurse and two EMTs.
Said Charvet of the experience,
“It was totally a gift — a thrilling gift to be part of . . . I haven’t delivered a baby in maybe 15 years, but I’ve delivered hundreds and it all came right back to me.”
Read the entire Inside Bainbridge interview here.
November 30, 2012 at 7:04 AM
That sick coyote in the park: You may have heard about the ailing coyote that’s roaming Volunteer Park in Seattle. Because the animal is looking kind of ill and it’s close to people in the park, the federal wildlife folks plan to shoot it, according to KING5. People who have seen the critter say it’s more weak than wily, looking ill, old and mangy, to quote KING’s story.
Carbon monoxide poisoning: Four people in Spokane Valley were taken to hospitals to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning yesterday. Investigators are trying to find the source of the invisible gas. This may well be a faulty furnace or something similar, but it is that time of year to be reminded not to bring charcoal burning grills into your home for heat or to run generators inside either, because they produce the gas and it can be deadly.
Ticket please? How great it was that everyone came to the aid of the woman who went into labor and gave birth to a baby girl on board a state ferry yesterday. But did you hear that the financially strapped ferry system is asking the parents to pay the infant’s fare. JUST KIDDING!
Jerramy Stevens: People can’t seem to get enough of the woes of the former Husky and NFL player, so here’s a link to the latest news.
Police-blotter news this morning:
Car crashes into house in Tacoma: This one’s a doozy, and it’s a surprise no one was hurt. The driver was running from the cops. At one point, he went the wrong way on I-5. Whoa. The family in the home wasn’t hurt. After the crash, the driver was busted. Nice to have him off the road and in the slammer. There was a warrant out for his arrest.
Edmonds cops fight with three men in hotel: The officers were responding to a trespassing call and found the men in a stairwell. A fight ensued. One of the suspects dropped some drugs. One guy was arrested there. The two others were caught hiding in bushes nearby.
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November 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM
UPDATE: 9 p.m. | The baby’s parents released a statement late Thursday night about their baby’s on-board birth:
“We would like to thank the incredible crew of the Washington state ferry, Tacoma, and the kind people aboard who helped deliver our healthy baby, named Lucy, who came at lightning speed weighing 7 pounds, 3.6 ounces, and measuring in at 19 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well and are very happy and healthy.”
Original post: Crews and passengers on a Bainbridge-to-Seattle ferry rushed to help a woman deliver a baby girl, Lucy, on board this afternoon.
In addition to ferry staff trained to respond to any on-board emergency, Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore says a midwife, an OB/GYN nurse and two EMTs just happened to be on board to help with the woman’s quick labor.
WSDOT spokeswoman Marta Coursey says that as far as her staff knows, babies have been born on ferry docks but not aboard any Puget Sound ferry.
The woman was in labor when she boarded the ferry at the Bainbridge Island terminal, but it didn’t become apparent she might give birth so soon until after it departed, Coursey said. Crews on the ferry rushed the woman to a second floor office on the ferry Tacoma when her contractions started coming closer together.
After a loudspeaker announcement asking if anyone with birthing experience was aboard, the midwife, nurse and EMTs arrived to help deliver the little girl. By the time the ferry docked, Moore said Seattle Fire’s emergency personnel found the birth underway. Lucy was born healthy without any complications, then taken to Swedish Medical Center with her mother just after 2 p.m.
“What are the chances a midwife and OB/GYN nurse would be on board?” asked Coursey, who said she was also proud of the ferry crew’s response. “Our crews are really prepared for everything, and they have to be.”
Right now, Swedish Medical Center spokesman Ed Boyle said Lucy’s mother and father are enjoying a little privacy.
July 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM
The owner of the Kalakala, who says the state has stifled his plans to restore the crumbling old ferry and caused him mental anguish, is suing the state of Washington and the man who has provided free moorage for the boat for the past eight years, according to a story in The News Tribune in Tacoma.
In taking aim at the state and Karl Anderson, the Tacoma businessman who has provided the moorage, Steve Rodrigues is seeking a jury trial and more than $250 million in various costs and damages, according to The News Tribune story.
Rodrigues’ efforts to raise money for the restoration have been difficult over the years.
The historic, 1935 ferry has been deteriorating on Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway for eight years and the Coast Guard has repeatedly warned Rodrigues that something needed to be done to keep the vessel from sinking to prevent, among other things, a navigation hazard. Just recently, the boat was moved to another nearby moorage provided by another private owner, but even that moorage is temporary.
June 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — The newest and smallest state ferry boat finally has a name
The new Keller Ferry will be called the Sanpoil. That’s the name of a river in the region, and was chosen by the state Transportation Commission.
The Keller Ferry crosses the Columbia River north of Wilbur.
The vessel is under construction at the Foss Maritime shipyard in Rainier, Oregon. Later this fall, the parts will be trucked to the town of Grand Coulee and assembled.
The boat is expected to be launched next July and will replace the current vessel, the 64-year-old Martha S.
The Sanpoil is one of 12 Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.
January 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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The Associated Press
MUKILTEO – The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route is back in service after a bomb scare.
Washington state ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey says a Washington State Patrol bomb squad found nothing dangerous in a suspicious backpack on a ferry at Mukilteo.
She says a man who was arrested for making a comment about a bomb remains in custody.
Trooper Keith Leary says the man boarded the ferry Cathlamet Thursday morning at Clinton. He dropped the backpack from the upper deck to the lower deck and said something that other passengers considered a bomb threat. He was arrested at Mukilteo.
Bomb-sniffing dogs checked out the ferry and found nothing dangerous. A bomb squad handled the backpack.
Service was suspended for a couple of hours during the police activity.
January 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM
The Associated Press
TACOMA – The Kalakala is no longer listing and wasn’t responsible for a sheen at the Port of Tacoma, but the Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers are still keeping an eye on the historic ferry as a hazard to navigation.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw says inspectors checked out a sheen on the Hylebos Waterway on Monday and determined it was not coming from the Kalakala. The Coast Guard continues to monitor the vessel.
Corps spokesman Bill Dowell says high tide apparently lifted the Kalakala off a sunken barge and it’s no longer listing. He says the corps likely won’t step in unless something catastrophic happens.
Once the pride of Puget Sound, the 77-year-old streamlined ferry has been parked in Tacoma for six years, waiting for restoration.
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