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State ferry Tacoma stalled off Bainbridge Island

Over 400 people are on board the "Tacoma" ferry, which is stalled off Bainbridge Island. (Photo: Curt Gammell)
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A state ferry is back at the dock on Bainbridge Island after stalling Tuesday afternoon.

The ferry "Tacoma" lost power on the Seattle-Bainbridge run just before 1 p.m. There were more than 405 passengers and 138 vehicles on board.

The Tacoma dropped anchor in the water to await help and was eventually towed to Bainbridge Island. Another ferry that was on the Bremerton-to-Seattle run, the Sealth, had been rerouted to be on standby status next to the Tacoma.

"There were just a lot of people standing on the decks looking at the whole thing," said Sealth passenger Curt Gammell. "It's a nice day to be out on the water."

The Tacoma docked at about 3 p.m. It would be towed to a repair dock so engineers could try to determine why it lost power, ferry officials said.

You can track the status of the ferry here.

Washington State Ferries says the next Seattle-Bremerton boat will leave at approximately 5 p.m. The Bremerton-Seattle boat leave at 4:20 p.m. Check the rider alerts for more information. The next Seattle to Bainbridge ferry is at approximately 4:40 p.m.

The passengers who were delayed would receive vouchers good for one trip on the ferry system.

Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States, carrying about 23 million passengers annually. More than 6 million riders travel between Seattle and Bainbridge Island each year. The Tacoma, one of the largest vessels in the fleet, is 460 feet long and can carry up to 2,500 passengers and 202 vehicles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tim Haeck is a news reporter with KIRO Radio. While Tim is one of our go-to, no-nonsense reporters, he also has a sensationally dry sense of humor and it will surprise some to learn he is a weekend warrior.


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