Passenger Ferry Runs Aground Near Port Orchard, Washington

SEATTLE -The Coast Guard responded to a report of a ferry that ran aground in Port Orchard, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle received a call at approximately 4:41 p.m. today that the passenger ferry Carlisle II, grounded 50-feet from the Kitsap Passenger Ferry Terminal in Port Orchard.

Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team 91101 launched two 25-foot rapid response boat crews, Coast Guard Station Seattle launched two 25-foot rapid response boat crews and a 41-foot utility boat crew and Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the scene.

At the time of the reported grounding, a few people had climbed overboard onto the rocks and onto shore. Approximately 70 people were ferried to the terminal on the sister ship, Admiral Pete. The remaining passengers waited aboard the Carlisle II until it pulled off of the rocks on its own power and moored safely at the Kitsap terminal at approximately 5:12 p.m.

The Kitsap Fire Department treated one passenger for minor injuries.

Coast Guard vessel inspectors from Sector Seattle inspected the vessel for damage. There are no reports of damage to the hull or pollution in the water.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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