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WSF implementing system-wide improvements to help prevent future incidents

(SEATTLE)– A recent investigation concludes that human error was responsible for a collision Sept. 13 between Washington State Ferries vessel Hyak and a motor yacht.

The incident happened at the confluence of Harney and Upright channels in the San Juan Islands, where the Hyak’s starboard bow collided with the port quarter of the yacht.  The sole occupant of the yacht Tasya was rescued by a nearby vessel and taken to Orcas Island.  On the day of the incident, WSF convened a board of inquiry to investigate the collision.

The board collected a wide array of data and information and spent more than 30 hours meeting to examine evidence and make its determination.  According to the report, investigators determined this incident was avoidable as the Hyak had adequate time, equipment capability and “sea room” to avoid the collision.  Weather, visibility, tides and currents were not factors in this incident.  The report states that the root cause of this incident was human error due to lack of situational awareness.

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