SEATTLE - The state ferry Wenatchee is out of service after it was damaged Sunday morning in a hard landing at Colman Dock.
The incident occurred at roughly 11 a.m. at the conclusion of the 10:25 a.m. sailing from Bainbridge Island. That's when officials say the ferry collided with Slip 3 at Colman dock. There were 163 vehicles on board.
Washington State Ferries says the landing caused damage to the vessel's bow and the slip's wing wall.
A ferry system spokeswoman, Susan Harris, says one elderly person was slightly injured. Ferry system and Coast Guard investigations are planned.
Witnesses tell KING5.com it was foggy and the boat seemed to be coming in to dock faster than normal this morning.
Jake Ludington was on the ferry. On his blog, he wrote: "As we got near shore on the Seattle side, I suddenly saw Ivar’s zipping past at a speed considerably faster than what I’d normally expect for the morning commute. The ferry gave five short blasts on the horn to indicate imminent collision, followed by a loud bang and a jolt to the ferry."
The Seattle/Bainbridge route was down to one-boat service until Sunday afternoon, when WSDOT Ferries Division reassigned the Hyak to the Bainbridge/Seattle route.
Overnight WSF plans to move the Hyak to the Edmonds/Kingston route, and the Puyallup to the Seattle/Bainbridge route.
WSF says the 124-car Kitsap will be the sole vehicle ferry serving the Seattle/Bremerton route until further notice. The one-boat schedule is posted atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
Officials say the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route has the highest volume of vehicle use in the ferry system.