Ferry captain resigns after last week’s crash at West Seattle dock

Aug 1, 2022, 6:15 PM
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One of the scariest stories of the year happened in July when the ferry Cathlamet slammed into the Fauntleroy Dock in West Seattle. (KIRO 7)
(KIRO 7)

The captain of the Cathlamet ferry that collided with a terminal structure July 28 resigned, according to a spokesperson for Washington State Ferries (WSF).

The captain’s identity has not been released, nor have further details about their resignation.

Drug and alcohol tests for the entire crew came back negative, according to the ferry spokesperson.

On July 28, the Cathlamet had a “hard landing” when it collided with an offshore dolphin, a structure that helps guide docking ferries, at the Fauntleroy terminal in West Seattle.

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The collision made a sizeable tear in the ferry’s front right side. In addition to the ferry itself, several vehicles on the ferry were also damaged, with one vehicle trapped in the wreckage.

The ferry was taken out of WSF’s fleet and sent to its Eagle Harbor shipyard on Bainbridge Island for a likely months-long repair process.

The United State Coast Guard is the lead agency in the investigation. WSF is also working with the National Transportation Safety Board and other federal partners.

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Ferry captain resigns after last week’s crash at West Seattle dock