Let’s hear it for the rescuers

You probably heard about the ferry crew that rescued a windsurfer stranded with a broken mast on Super Bowl Sunday. It was the ferry Walla Walla on the Seattle-Bremerton route, off of Alki Point. After being alerted by the Coast Guard, they sent out a rescue boat and brought the guy aboard.

Washington State Ferries named the crew members in their weekly e-mail update on Friday. More than likely, some of them are local folks, so let’s throw out their names: Capt. Curtis Larson, chief mate Terrence Peckham, second mate Chandler Thomas, able-bodied seamen David High, Emilita Moniz, Al Thomas and Ramon Resendez Jr., ordinary seamen Loa Haley, Sandra Belair St. Clair and Vicky Munson, chief engineer James Illson, assistant engineer Christopher Kalinski, and oilers Troy Schmidt and John Kustura.

The ferries people didn’t think it was a big deal. All in a day’s work. They didn’t even sent out any info on the incident. But the Seattle Times wrote a blurp about it and it got picked up by AP. It might not have been the most dramatic rescue in the world, but the guy’s alive. Bet he’s happy they stopped to pick him up.

Also in the newsletter, they mentioned that Pierce County finally got the Steilacoom II back. WSF leased it for nearly three years for use on the Port Townsend-Keystone route. Pierce, which has been using its backup boat Christine Anderson all that time.

Ferry management and unions are back at the bargaining table. They thought they had reached agreements, but the Office of Financial Management threw them out as not being financially feasible.