Ferry service to and from Friday Harbor resumed Monday evening several hours after law enforcement made sure there was no threat to passengers after a bomb threat.

The M/V Elwha was cleared to sail, and supplemental sailings were added to help accommodate passengers who had been waiting since early afternoon to take a ferry to or from Friday Harbor.

Standby space was full for the remainder of the day, and only reservation holders were expected to be honored at the terminals Monday.

The problem began earlier Monday afternoon when a letter was found on the Elwha that indicated a threat. A press release sent about 2 p.m. announced that the State Patrol would be investigating. 


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Reservation holders who cannot sail due to the service disruption to Friday Harbor will not be charged the no-show fee, according to a press release from Washington State Ferries.

From WSF:

"Service is still running to/from Anacortes and Lopez, Shaw and Orcas. New reservations are not currently available due to schedule adjustments that will be made once the terminal is re-opened.

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.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available."


The Friday Harbor ferry terminal is closed while law enforcement conducts a search of the Elwha ferry.

A bomb threat letter was found in a bathroom on the Elwha ferry as the ferry was disembarking at Friday Harbor, Trooper Heather Axtman with the State Patrol said.

All of the passengers were disembarked, she said.

It is unknown how long the letter had been there, but the State Patrol bomb squad and K-9s will clear the vessel, Axtman said.

This story will be updated.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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