The Whatcom Chief, the ferry that services residents and visitors to Lummi Island was taken out of service today Tuesday, June 8th after a leak was found during a Coast Guard Inspection.
According to the Bellingham Herald repairs will likely take between 10 days and 2 weeks to complete. Until the Whatcom Chief is back up and running the county is working to get a passenger ferry in place to help with the emergency. Whatcom County spokesperson Joe Bates stated, ” The goal is to have a passenger ferry in place by 8pm Tuesday.” The hope is that the passenger only ferry schedule would remain the same as the Whatcom Chief schedule. The county will also be opening up additional parking on the Gooseberry Point side of the island for those wishing to travel to Lummi Island. Check back to updates!