Washington ferry with hundreds aboard loses power

SEATTLE — A ferry carrying hundreds of passengers on the Washington State Ferry system’s busiest route has lost power.

Ferry spokeswoman Marta Coursey says the Tacoma on the Seattle to Bainbridge Island run lost propulsion Tuesday afternoon. She said the vessel, carrying 405 passengers and 138 cars, had dropped anchor and was stable in the water off Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle.

Coursey 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 Ferry system, which operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States, carries about 23 million passengers annually.

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