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How not to cross a Washington State Ferry (Video)

A powerboat named Nap Tyme collided with a Washington State Ferry Sunday during a crossing situation on Puget Sound. The ferry Chetzemoka was en route from Point Defiance to Vashon Island when onlookers watched as Nap Tyme didn’t appear to know there was an issue while the ferry gave five blasts on her horn. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Read […]

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The grounding of the Nathan E Stewart

Twenty miles west of Cape Fairweather in Alaskan waters, the 95 foot tug Nathan E Stewart was in trouble on December 18, 2011. High winds pushing huge seas were punishing the tug and its 300 foot fuel barge. The barge held 2.2 million gallons of diesel in addition to a few thousand gallons of other petroleum […]

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A boat ablaze in Eagle Harbor. (Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island FG).

Boat catches fire, sinks in Eagle Harbor

Onlookers watched as a 24-foot boat caught fire in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island Saturday morning just after 9 a.m. Fortunately, a passing boater was able to retrieve the vessel’s owner from the burning boat. According to the Bainbridge Island FD, both suffered minor injuries and are recovering from smoke inhalation. The boat’s owner was taken […]

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USCG urges mariners to secure vessels

Every fall, the USCG spends time and resources chasing down boats that have broken free from moorings or have been swept of a beach. And now that fall storms have arrived, they are once again urging vessel and paddlecraft owners to properly secure and label their boats. Coast Guard crews treat every unmanned and adrift vessel as […]

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U.S. & Canadian Coast Guard crews working to assist sailors 200 miles off Washington coast

UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. Friday, August 19: U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews are working together to ensure five people abroad a 43-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water over 200 miles off the Washington Coast in 20-foot seas and 30-mph winds Thursday sail safely to Neah Bay, Washington. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector […]

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