Crew members are working on the Point Defiance ferry dock, suspending ferry service until Friday.
The Point Defiance-Tahlequah ferry line will remain out of service until Friday while crews repair a dock that was damaged when a ferry captain suffered a serious medical problem Saturday evening while the boat was docked.
The ferry captain had a “pretty major medical emergency” and collapsed, hitting a control panel as he fell. The ferry, minutes from departure, lurched, damaging the dock. Ferry crew members used an onboard defibrillator on the captain, whose condition is unknown.
The Point Defiance-Tahlequah route connects the Tacoma area to Vashon Island. Washington State Ferries was directing passengers to the Fauntleroy and Southworth docks, both of which serve Vashon Island. But people should expect considerable delays.