Agencies respond to bomb threat aboard ferry

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol and Washington State Ferries (WSF) responded to the report of a bomb threat against a ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton, Wash., Wednesday.

The Coast Guard worked closely with WSF and Washington State Patrol to ensure passenger safety and restore service.

The Coast Guard did not receive any additional reports of threats or suspicious activity, and there have been no reported injuries.

Washington State Patrol conducted a security sweep of the vessel, which delayed the ferries departure. A safety zone was established around the ferry terminal to ensure boaters remained at a safe distance until Washington State Patrol and WSF completed their assessment.

All ferry routes are returning to their normal schedules as a result of a satisfactory sweep of the vessel and Kitsap Transit operations remained unaffected.

“It’s unfortunate that people feel the need to perpetrate a hoax and waste both tax payer money and resources,” said Lt. Ron Owens, spokesperson for Coast Guard Sector Seattle. “We take all threats very seriously. On the bright side, we were able to come together as a team rather quickly to be at the ready for the safety of the passengers of the Washington State Ferry system.”

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