South Whidbey Record


LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Ferry, hospital crew response was first rate

December 13, 2013 · Updated 2:45 PM


On Nov. 14, I was on the 8:30 a.m. ferry when I had an issue with my heart. After telling a deckhand about it, the crew took over and called for an ambulance. Off to Providence Regional Medical Center we went, where the next day I had a triple coronary artery bypass surgery.

My family and I would like to thank Jeff Knaplund and the crew on the Cathlamet, the emergency room doctor and nurse who stepped in to help me, the emergency response team and everyone else who pitched in to help.

I have been riding the ferry for over 60 years and understand the inconvenience, so must also apologize to all who had to wait while this was going on. It wasn’t my choice for the timing, but I can say first hand that the emergency system in place is first rate.

With many thanks,



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