Coast Guard closes case on search for bike’s owner from ferry

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard along with the Washington State Ferries has closed the case in the search for the owner of a bicycle left on the ferry Hyak.

The bicycle was discovered after the ferry arrived at its destination just after 6:45 p.m. on Friday, September 18th which sailed from Seattle to  Bremerton, Wash. The owner of the bicycle returned to the Bremerton ferry terminal at approximately 6:45 Saturday evening to recover his bicycle after realizing it was missing prior to departing for work.

The Coast Guard had initially suspended the search at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Friday after a Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle, a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Group/Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and the Seattle Fire Dept searched for nearly two and a half hours assuming the bike’s owner fell overboard.

The Coast Guard and the Washington State Ferry system reminds ferry riders to be mindful of their possessions which includes vehicles and bicycles along with all personal effects while traveling aboard the Washington State ferries. Last night’s search resulted in approximately $33,000 in asset and man hour expenditure.

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