In that small patch of water how the heck did the ferry not see it?
- by CALI BAGBY, Islands Sounder Reporter
- posted Sep 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM— updated Sep 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM
An 80-year-old man was injured today after a sailboat accident, according to Orcas Fire and Rescue personnel.
The male is in stable condition and is being transported to Peace Island Hospital on San Juan Island for observation.
Several eye witnesses have reported that the man was injured after a ferry collided with his sailboat called the Norma Rae.
At around 2 p.m, Suzanne Lyons saw the mast of the sail boat crack and heard the screeching of the sailboat hitting the side of the ferry.
“An older man was sitting on the boat as it was sinking,” said Lyons, who was in her car at the time of the incident.
The ferry left Anacortes at 12:35 p.m. and landed on Lopez at 1:30 p.m. Another witness on the ferry, Micheal Bried, said the accident occurred after the boat left Lopez and was heading toward Orcas.
“The sailboat was a mile north of Lopez in the middle of the shipping lane,” said Bried.
Bried and Lyons said they saw the Sheriff's boat tow the sailboat away.
“I don't know why the ferry pilot didn't see the sailboat,” Bried said.
The accident forced the cancellation of the 2:20 p.m. sailing from Orcas to Anacortes
The Sheriff's Office declined to comment at this time and Washington State Ferries representatives could not be reached.
The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and the San Juan County Sheriff.
- CALI BAGBY, Islands Sounder Reporter
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