Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Washington State Patrol says a threat has forced a state ferry to turn around and return to Bremerton. Trooper Krista Hedstrom said it happened about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, about five minutes after the ferry left Bremerton.Hedstrom said an anonymous 911 caller said he overheard two men saying there was going to be a terrorist attack on the ferry. The caller disconnected and dispatchers were not able to get the man's name or number. Coast Guard officials said the ferry turned around and was immediately off-loaded. State ferry spokeswoman Susan Harris said the Bremerton terminal is closed while the ferry Hyak is there. She said another ferry leaving Seattle for Bremerton has been redirected to Bainbridge Island.The incident is being handled by the Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard sent three small patrol boats to the Bremerton terminal. Video from AIR 4 showed police searching with dogs the passenger terminal and area around the docked ferry, and a bomb squad was called to the scene.