Damaged ferry towed to Eagle Harbor for repairs

SEATTLE – The Washington State ferry that was damaged after striking a dock has been towed to Eagle Harbor, Wash., for repairs.

The ferry Yakima struck a dock adjacent to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal on its last run at 1:50 a.m. today. The strike caused several fractures to the hull, some water intake and some structural damage.

The fractures found in the hull were sealed by divers and the vessel was shored-up and dewatered. The vessel will need to be dry-docked, repaired and then inspected by the Coast Guard before it can return to service.

The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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