Port of Everett, Washington – A heavy water leak from a freighter in Everett’s port has closed the port for hours and sent water pouring onto the ship, according to the National Weather Service.
The cause of the leak was under investigation, said Capt. Mike Brown.
The freighter is owned by the Port of Tacoma.
The Port of Puget Sound is under a mandatory evacuation order.
The Associated Press is not naming the ship because it is a federally owned vessel.
The Associated Press crew is based at the port.
The ship is heading for Seattle to deliver a shipment of gas for the Port’s liquefied natural gas plant.
The ship was in port Tuesday night when it went under water.
It was carrying 5,000 gallons of fuel for a liquefaction plant, which will produce liquefy gasoline.
The AP is not publishing the names of passengers because it said it is not allowed to identify those involved.
The cause of Wednesday’s leak is under investigation.