Just a few minutes before the ferry was set to leave Point Defiance dock Christmas Eve the captain of the M/V Chetzemoka suffered a major medical emergency and collapsed onto the control panel.
The accident caused the ferry to pull away from the terminal while it was still attached to the articulated ramp at the end of the dock. As a result, the ramp, also known as the dock apron, was damaged and service was immediately suspended on the route connecting Point Defiance (near Tacoma, WA) with Tahlequah on Vashon Island.
|Point Defiance dock prior to the damage that occurred on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.|
The vessel crew quickly regained control of the ferry and rendered critical first aid to the captain until an ambulance arrived. The captain is OK and expected to recover.
|Our crews worked until late Christmas Eve to assess the damage and ensure the safety of the dock.|
|They found significant damage to the dock apron (hanging vertically in the water).|
We were hoping repairs would be complete by now, but workers were unable to get some of the required parts and equipment delivered over the holiday.
We estimate the dock will remain out of service until
We continue to provide updates to customers to ensure they are aware of this continuing service outage, and are working as quickly as possible to restore the dock to safe operating condition.
Thank you for your patience during this service disruption.