The Coast Guard stopped and boarded the MV Coho about halfway through the ferry’s 8:20 a.m. sailing to Victoria on Monday.
Officials at the Coast Guard’s Puget Sound Vessel Traffic office described the 20-minute minute stop as a “security assessment” and that it was “very routine — just the Coast Guard doing its job.”
“About halfway across a siren went off. Then you could just hear the engines get quiet,” passenger Ken Rosser said.
The boarding party, which didn’t appear to be armed, questioned male passengers traveling alone, Rosser said.“Noting terribly exciting about it — just kind of weird,” he said.