(Thursday morning photo by Mark Dale)
8:23 PM: Four days after the state ferry M/V Cathlamet crashed into an offshore structure at the Fauntleroy terminal, the captain who was on duty is reported to have resigned. That’s according to the Kitsap Sun, which cites an all-staff email sent by Washington State Ferries chief Patty Rubstello. According to the report, the memo also says the drug/alcohol tests given to the Cathlamet’s crew after the Thursday morning crash were all negative. The damaged vessel has been at WSF’s Eagle Harbor facility on Bainbridge Island since Thursday afternoon; that’s also when the Fauntleroy terminal went back into service, after it was determined ferries could safely use it with the damaged vessel-guiding “dolphin” out of service.
9:37 PM: We just talked to WSF spokesperson Ian Sterling, who confirms the captain’s resignation and the crew’s drug/alcohol-test results. He still doesn’t have information on how long the captain had been with WSF. He says the resignation happened “over the weekend”; WSF had told us on Friday that Thursday was the last day of the captain’s scheduled workweek.
ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: Sterling tells us today that the now-former captain had been working for WSF for 36 years.
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