Ferry runs aground in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island

Apr 15, 2023, 8:39 PM | Updated: Apr 16, 2023, 10:27 am


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United States Coast Guard crews are responding after a ferry ran aground in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island on Saturday afternoon.

Washington State Ferries has confirmed that the Seattle/Bremerton route is out of service due to an issue with the M/V Walla Walla.

According to WSF, the ferry ran aground around 4:30 p.m. while on the way to Seattle. Initial indications are that the ferry suffered a generator failure. Engineers believe the tide will be at the right height to safely tow the ferry at midnight.

Kitsap Transit announced just before 8 p.m. that its 250-passenger M/V Commander was evacuating people from the M/V Walla Walla and taking them to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal.

WSF said it is working on a plan for passengers to retrieve their cars from the ferry on Sunday.

This is a developing story.


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