Washington ferry with hundreds aboard loses power

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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:15 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A ferry carrying hundreds of passengers on the Washington State Ferries' busiest route lost power Tuesday afternoon.

Ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey said the Tacoma was traveling from Seattle to Bainbridge Island when it lost propulsion.

The vessel, carrying 405 passengers and 138 cars, has dropped anchor and is stable in the water off Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle, Coursey said.

She said tug boats have been dispatched to tow the Tacoma to shore. Another ferry that was on the Bremerton-to-Seattle run, the Sealth, was rerouted to be on standby status next to the Tacoma.

The Washington State Ferries system operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States, carrying about 23 million passengers annually. More than 6 million riders travel between Seattle and Bainbridge Island each year.

The Tacoma, one of the largest vessels in the fleet, is 460 feet long and can carry up to 2,500 passengers and 202 vehicles.

The ferries are part of Washington's state highway system, linking Seattle and other populous cities to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas as well as the San Juan Islands.