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Originally published Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

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4 ferry sailings canceled after worker absences

Four ferry sailings were canceled Monday because of worker absences, delaying hundreds of commuters.

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SEATTLE —

Four ferry sailings were canceled Monday because of worker absences, delaying hundreds of commuters.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://is.gd/uiYBr1) that early morning sailings between Vashon Island and Fauntleroy and between Mukilteo and Clinton were canceled because of a schedule mistake, a sick deckhand and a deckhand who overslept.

Washington State Ferries head David Moseley says a 2012 Coast Guard directive requires at least 11 crew members on a boat before it set sails.

Moseley says the state will pay $14.5 million in the next two years in added wages to assure full staffing on four vessels the Coast Guard emphasized.

Because those were early trips, the ferry system was unable to fill the vacancies fast enough. Moseley says a similar problem resulted in a few canceled trips last summer.

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