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Carlisle II in a bind

The foot ferry that operates between Port Orchard and Bremerton got tied-up — literally — Saturday and had to off-load passengers to another boat so they could continue their trip across Sinclair Inlet.

John Clauson, the service development director for Kitsap Transit, said the Carlisle II “got tangled up in a line from a Navy buoy while it was en route to Bremerton” around 11 a.m. Nov. 3.

“It was about a six-inch (in diameter) line that’s attached to a buoy between Port Orchard and Annapolis,” Clauson said, explaining that the line was certainly not where the boat operators expected it to be. “What I was told was that the boat was about 200 feet away from the buoy when it caught the line, so you wouldn’t expect it to be that far away from the buoy.”

To deliver the passengers on the Carlisle — which Clauson said was about 11 — Kitsap Transit had to bring over one of the other boats and transfer the people to it.

Port Orchard resident Jennifer Eliseuson said she and her son David, 6, were aboard the vessel when it was “snagged,” and they and the other passengers waited about 45 minutes for the other boat to come get them.

“(However), the 45 minutes passed in what seemed to be 15 thanks to the very attentive and reassuring crew, (and) once the second ferry arrived, we were all safely and kindly helped aboard,” she wrote in an email.

“We had to call in a diver to cut the vessel loose from the line, and the Navy came out and assisted,” Clauson said, explaining that the historical ferry suffered damage in the incident, but that it was mostly “cosmetic.”

“There was some railing pulled off the back, but it looked a lot worse than it was,” he said, explaining that it was “put back together” enough to get clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and be back in service by Saturday, although he said that he would have finishing work completed on it soon.

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