Ketchikan airport ferry requires tow


KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A ferry taking people from Ketchikan’s airport to the city experienced a mechanical issue, requiring a tow in the Tongass Narrows.

The Oral Freeman had to be towed to the dock, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (

A fitting on an air compressor filter failed, causing a loss of air pressure on the ferry, said Airport Manager Mike Carney.

“Once it loses air pressure, it can’t shift,’’ Carney said.

The other ferry in service Thursday afternoon, the Ken Eichner 2, responded and put the other ferry in a side-tow.

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