A rescue operation was launched this morning after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through crossing bars and plunged into the water at the Anacortes state ferry landing. There was no ferry docked at the time. At least one person was reported inside the vehicle.
According to Washington State Patrol trooper Heather Axtman, witnesses said the car was driving at a high speed when it broke through a wood barrier.
The Jeep broke through the crossing arms before driving into the water pic.twitter.com/kcdF2ODJzN— Trooper H. Axtman (@wspd7pio) January 25, 2018
The emergency forced the ferry system to suspend service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands for several hours.
Trooper Kevin Fortino of the Washington State Patrol told KOMO-TV that the vehicle drove onto the ferry loading bridge and went through the barrier arm at the end of the ferry dock at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday and plummeted into the water.
Ferry service has been suspended at the Anacortes ferry landing due to the emergency search-and-rescue operation. The service suspension is expected to cause cancellations and delays on San Juan Island ferry routes for the remainder of the day.
"All service to and from the Anacortes terminal is currently suspended until further notice due to emergency response issues," said an alert posted by the Washington State Ferries.
All vessels with inbound Anacortes sailings have returned to departure terminals. When service resumes, reservation holders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis. “No show” fees will not be charged for any reservations departing or arriving at the Anacortes terminal. Inter-island will continue to operate as scheduled.
The ferry system said, "We advise limiting discretionary travel for the remainder of the day due to long delays and backups expected when service resumes. Schedule details will be provided when clearance to return to service is received."