Coast Guard pulls ferry passenger from Puget Sound

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who jumped or fell from the stern of a Washington state ferry bound from Seattle to Bremerton was quickly rescued by a Coast Guard escort boat.

The Coast Guard tells KIRO that the man, reportedly in his 40s, was in the water less than a minute Tuesday afternoon. He was evaluated by Seattle Fire Department medics, warmed up and taken to Harborview Medical Center. He did not suffer any major injuries.

Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey tells the Kitsap Sun that workers aboard the ferry Walla Walla threw out a life ring and launched a rescue boat but the Coast Guard reached the man first.

The state Transportation Department says the incident briefly delayed several evening sailings involving Seattle and Bremerton.