173 Passengers go through Brief Stranding on Ferry near Mukilteo due to Malfunction

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The Tokitae ferry, which lost power briefly on Wednesday evening, while having 173 passengers aboard, is going to be fully operational and back in service on Thursday morning along the Mukilteo-Clinton route, as stated by a Susan Harris, spokeswoman for Washington State Ferries.

She elaborated on the manner by adding that the ferry lost power as it was nearing Mukilteo. According to her the vessel briefly drifted while the crew was examining the issue but later on managed to regain a bit of propulsion and was thus successfully docked at Mukilteo, where it was able to unload the passengers that were onboard and the cars it was transporting.

There are no reports of any injuries and as stated by Harris the ferry did not hit anything as a result of the malfunction.

Following the accident, the ferry was deployed empty to Clinton, on Whidbey Island in order for teams to further assess the problem. This resulted in having only one ferry service the route on Wednesday night.

Harris stated late Wednesday that the Tokitae ferry is going to be fully operational and capable of resuming service on Thursday morning. When asked she commented that she does not have any further information regarding the propulsion malfunction.

The ferry has a capability of transporting 144 cars and was built back in March of 2014. It entered service 3 months later in June of 2014.

Photos of the stranded ferry ship 

173 Passengers go through Brief Stranding on Ferry near Mukilteo due to Malfunction

173 Passengers go through Brief Stranding on Ferry near Mukilteo due to Malfunction

173 Passengers go through Brief Stranding on Ferry near Mukilteo due to Malfunction at sea

173 Passengers go through Brief Stranding on Ferry near Mukilteo due to Malfunction