UPDATE: West Seattle Water Taxi service resumes after 3-hour suspension following ‘minor engine fire’ on Sally Fox

(Photo sent by Jonathan)

8:37 AM: Thanks for the tips about the SFD response to the West Seattle Water Taxi dock at Seacrest. SFD says there were “no signs of active fire” so it reduced what was initially a large response.

(Added: Photo sent by Carolyn)

8:49 AM: All SFD units have left the scene. Metro says West Seattle Water Taxi service is canceled for the rest of the morning. The Sally Fox is still at Seacrest, its doors open.

(WSB photo)

9:05 AM: The crew won’t comment on what happened; the original dispatch was for a possible engine-room fire. We’re checking with Metro management for comment, including how this will affect service later in the day.

10:35 AM: Here’s the official statement via Metro spokesperson Elaine Porterfield:

A minor engine fire was detected and quickly extinguished at about 8 a.m. on the King County Water Taxi MV Sally Fox while at the Seacrest dock in West Seattle. Crew members quickly evacuated the one passenger on board and activated the automated fire suppression system. The fire was immediately extinguished. No injuries occurred and the Seattle Fire Department inspected the vessel and confirmed the fire was out. Four crew members were aboard.

The Port Engineer and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will inspect the vessel. Once the vessel is cleared to depart Seacrest dock, it will be brought back to Pier 48. It is anticipated that the King County Water Taxi the MV Spirit of Kingston will be brought in to resume West Seattle midday service.

11:04 AM: Water Taxi Watch tracker shows Sally Fox has left Seacrest, headed downtown.

11:29 AM: Metro says service is resuming with the 11:30 am run from downtown to West Seattle.

11:51 AM: As noted by a commenter, service has resumed with Doc Maynard, not Spirit of Kingston, though Metro’s Porterfield tells us the vessel assignment might change later.

4 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle Water Taxi service resumes after 3-hour suspension following 'minor engine fire' on Sally Fox"

  • Anon March 1, 2024 (11:29 am)

    The Water Taxi is back in service using the Doc Maynard for the mid-day sailings.

    • WSB March 1, 2024 (11:38 am)

      We have the resumption of service but DM is still downtown and SOK – which was announced as the fill-in – isn’t showing on Water Taxi Vessel Watch or MarineTraffic.com, so it may or may not be en route to Seacrest as announced. I’m checking again with Metro.

  • WSB March 1, 2024 (11:52 am)

    And … Metro says (plus tracker now shows) it’s indeed DM for starters, possibly changing later in the day. Thank you!

    • Anon March 1, 2024 (12:55 pm)

      You’re welcome!

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