A rogue barge promoted an emergency evacuation at the Seattle Aquarium after the boat broke free from its allocated dock and drifted toward the waterfront.
Footage shows the moment the barge eventually collided with the side of Terminal 18.
The runaway barge was first seen moving towards Pier 62 and 63, near the Seattle Aquarium, prompting visitors to be asked to leave.
US Coast Guard officials believe the barge broke free from the terminal where it had been docked, with high winds pushing it toward the waterfront.
A rogue barge crashed into the Seattle’s Pier 66 due to strong winds
US Coast Guard officials believe the barge broke free from the terminal where it had been docked, with high winds pushing it toward the waterfront
According to spokesperson Kip Wadlow, the Coast Guard had been tracking the situation and are still coming to understand how it broke free.
Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer David Cuerpo said: ‘Crews responded to reports of an unattended barge that struck Pier 66.
‘Firefighters evacuated the impacted buildings as a safety precaution.’
Officials confirmed that there were no injuries.
The barge was seen wobbling after it crashed with the three rescue boats soon arriving at the scene to pin it against a dock.
The US Coast Guard wrote on the incident: ‘USCG notified at 1.25 pm of a barge that drifted from Terminal 18 towards Pier 66 in Elliot Bay.
‘Three tug boats obtained control of the barge. It was placed in tow and is being transported to Terminal 115. No reported injuries or pollution. Damage to Pier 66 reported.’
X user (formerly Twitter) Jackson Teal posted a video that showed a Seattle water taxi trying to push the barge aside before a tugboat wrangled it.
Three tugboats were deployed to take the boat back to the correct terminal
But due to its massive size, the barge overwhelmed the first tugboat at the scene but with the help of a second, they were able to dock the barge safely.
The barge was later seen to be taken away by tugboats.
The wind speed in Seattle is being recorded at 17 knots today and is expected to drop lower as the day proceeds.