07/01/2019: "All Clear On Elwa Bomb Threat"
(King County Bomb squad arrives -SJCS photo)
On 07/01/2019 at 1:32pm a call came into dispatch from a WSF worker aboard the ferry Elwa, of a note found inside one of the women’s bathrooms that talked about a bomb. The US Coast Guard determined the vessel should be tied up to the dock and all ferry personnel evacuated. The vessel was empty of all passengers and vehicles at the time the staff disembarked.
M/V Elwha has been cleared to sail after it was determined a note left in a bathroom stating there was bomb on the ferry was a hoax. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Supplemental sailings will be added to help accommodate passengers going to Friday Harbor and returning to Anacortes. Updates will be provided on the additional sailings once the information becomes available.
Standby space is full for the remainder of the day departing Anacortes to/from Friday Harbor. Only reservation holders will be honored at these terminals.
With the help of the bomb disposal teams of the King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the US Coast Guard, K-9 bomb detection teams went aboard the vessel. At approximately 6:30pm, after a little over an hour, the Elwa was determined to be clear of any explosive hazards.
The bomb disposal teams found nothing suspicious aboard the vessel and at approximately 7:00pm ferry services continued. An investigation by the Washington State Patrol will be conducted into the circumstances in which the note was placed in the bathroom.
If you have any information into the incident please call the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 360-378-4151.