Multiple agencies respond to disabled ferry

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Seattle sent investigators and inspectors to examine the ferry Elwha after it became disabled today.

The investigation of the ferry is intended to determine the cause of the power loss and disabling of the vessel. The ferry will be unable to return to service until the investigation is complete and the Coast Guard is satisfied the ferry is seaworthy.

The ferry Elwha was drifting in deep water about a half-mile from Blakely Island with over 200 people aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo from Port Angeles, Wash., and the Coast Guard Cutter Osprey from Port Townsend, Wash., were enroute to the scene along with an MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles and the tug Lindsay Foss when the Elwha’s power returned. The Lindsay Foss and a smallboat crew from Station Bellingham are escorting the Elwha into Anacortes.

Navy and Canadian assets were prepared to assist if necessary.

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