Follow the leader to Edmonds? No, it’s just a drill

My Edmonds News reader Tom Sheehan took a photo of Monday’s Coast Guard exercise.

Folks along the Edmonds waterfront may have noticed a procession of boats and a helicopter presence Monday. That’s because the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office and Seattle Police Department are conducting a full-scale exercise, on the water, with the Washington State Ferries.

According to a Coast Guard announcement, the exercises are running from approximately 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, from north of Vashon Island, Wash., to Edmonds.

The exercise will include King County helicopters deploying personnel by vertical insertion using fast ropes onto the ferry; and Coast Guard boats carrying first responders who will deploy onto the moving ferry.

“Threats in the maritime environment are very complex,” said Coast Guard Capt. Scott J. Ferguson. “This exercise will strengthen the partnerships of Puget Sound’s first-responders and enhance their capabilities, effectiveness and knowledge of the maritime domain.”

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