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Oops. Workers Drill Hole In Washington Ferry Hull

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The Seattle skyline is reflected in the window of a Washington State Ferry as it departs Seattle Pier 52 for Bainbridge Island, Washington.  (credit: Robert Sumner/Getty Images)

The Seattle skyline is reflected in the window of a Washington State Ferry as it departs Seattle Pier 52 for Bainbridge Island, Washington. (credit: Robert Sumner/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Maintenance workers accidentally drilled a hole through the hull of the Washington state ferry Walla Walla causing a leak.

The ferry system says it happened Saturday at the Eagle Harbor maintenance facility where the ferry was undergoing routine annual maintenance.

Crews had drilled one hole in the bilge deck to drain dirty water and paint chips. They were drilling a second hole nearly 2 inches in diameter when it breached the hull.

Workers made a temporary repair with a clamp on the inside and pressure patch on the outside. A permanent repair planned this week will delay the ferry’s return to service.

The 440-foot Walla Walla can carry 188 cars and 2,000 passengers.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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