Washington ferry loses power in Puget Sound

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 7:32 PM

SEATTLE -- The Washington state ferry Tacoma lost power while on a run and got stuck in the middle of Puget Sound Tuesday afternoon, stranding hundreds on board.

The Tacoma was traveling from Seattle to Bainbridge Island with 405 passengers and 138 cars on board when it lost propulsion just before 1 p.m.

The vessel dropped anchor while the Coast Guard was notified and Washington State Ferries dispatched tugs to the scene.

Two tugs pulled the ferry to the Bainbridge Island ferry dock around 3 p.m. Another ferry that was on the Bremerton-to-Seattle run, the Sealth, had been rerouted to be on standby status next to the Tacoma.

Passengers were stuck on the ferry were given travel vouchers as they deboarded the vessel.

Washington State Ferries said the Tacoma will remain out of service. It would be towed to a repair dock so engineers could try to determine why it lost power, ferry officials said.

Washington State Ferries warns of big delays and backups and Bainbridge Island and Bremerton routes.

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