Ferry captain sounds warning, but can’t avert collision with yacht

Nobody was visible on the yacht as it maintained a collision course with with ferry. "Oh my God... what's going on?"

Tense moments leading to a jarring collision between a yacht and a Washington State ferry were videotaped by a passenger on an upper deck of the ferry. (Warning: the footage contains sporadic profanity.)

It was an eerie scene as nobody was visible on the yacht, Nap Tyme, as it maintained a collision course with the Chetzemoka ferry, whose captain blared its horn repeatedly as a warning.

The crash occurred Sunday, and video surfaced Monday. On Tuesday, the Seattle Times reported that Chetzemoka was traveling from Point Defiance to Vashon Island in Puget Sound.

"As far as we know, the person driving the boat, Nap Tyme, was below deck" at the time of the crash, State Ferries spokesman Brian Mannion said. There were no reported injuries and the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the collision.

In the footage, videographer Amanda Shuffield becomes increasingly concerned as the yacht approaches and it becomes apparent that nobody on the yacht is paying attention.

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"Oh my God… what's going on?" she says, while the yacht approaches and another person aboard the ferry yells down with outstretched arms.

After the thudding collision knocks the yacht off course, somebody emerges onto the deck through a cabin door.

The ferry captain was said to have followed protocol by blaring its horn and throwing the vessel into full reverse, trying to avoid a collision. Had he not done this, the result could have been disastrous.

The Coast Guard was called to the scene and allowed both vessels to continue after a 30-minute delay.

Said Mannion: "We're very fortunate no one was injured and the damage was very minor.”

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