facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Captain sleeps on wrong ferry, delayed

Nov. 23, 2012 at 1:29 AM   |   Comments

FREELAND, Wash., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Whidbey Island ferry service between Clinton and Mukilteo, Wash., was delayed when a captain fell asleep on the wrong vessel, officials said.

The Cathlamet, the first boat out of Clinton at 4:30 a.m., was forced to turn around halfway through its journey when the captain realized the captain of the other boat -- the Kittitas -- had fallen asleep on the wrong vessel, the Whidbey News-Times reported.

Staffing problems related to sickness and other issues have plagued the ferry line this year, but this is the first time a captain sleeping on the wrong boat caused a delay, the newspaper said.

"The captain of the Kittitas was overnighting on the Cathlamet," Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey said. "He overslept, and the Cathlamet didn't realize it," she said, adding the snafu caused a 20-minute delay.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Thai woman posts more than 12,000 selfies
2
Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman
3
Atlantic City casino loses $21,000 cash left on roof of armored truck
4
Man fakes suicide to get out of engagement to long-distance fiance
5
Woman finds 3-foot-long boa constrictor in used car trunk
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback