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September 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard has dispatched a 50-foot rescue vessel from Bellingham to the site of the collision between the 382-foot ferry M/V Hyak and a 27-foot sailboat near Orcas Island in the San Juans.
There were no reports of injuries. Marta Coursey, the communications direction for Washington State Ferries (WSF), said all passengers from both vessels were safe and that the Hyak was on its way back to Anacortes for inspection.
The incident occurred around 1 p.m., and Coursey said there were reports of heavy fog in the area. She said it was unclear at this point what exactly happened.
Coursey said the ferry’s captain and crew would be subject to drug testing.
The accident forced the cancellation of the 2:20 p.m. sailing from Orcas to Anacortes.
The Hyak can carry up to 2,000 passengers and 144 vehicles, according to the WSF Web site.
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