Captain 'put the pedal to the metal' before ferry birth

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 1 at 8:38 AM

SEATTLE  --  A Washington State Ferry arrived in Seattle with one extra passenger than it had when it departed Thursday afternoon after a baby was born on board.

The girl, named Lucy, was delivered with the help of the crew and passengers. 
 
Captain Ty Anderson was in charge of the ferry when he received the alert about a woman in labor.
 
"They said contractions were 8 minutes apart, but I thought 'oh good we got a little time.' I was wrong," said Anderson.
 
The ferry trip from Bainbridge Island to Seattle usually takes 31 minutes. 
 
"Put the pedal to the metal, that's what we did," said Anderson.
 
Meanwhile the crew looked for help and they found it. Anderson said, "one EMT, one OBGYN nurse and one midwife" were onboard.
 
The team worked together and the baby was delivered quickly. Healthy baby Lucy, mom and dad spent one night in the hospital and on their way home Friday they stopped to thank the crew. 
 
"I'll remember it for the rest of my life," said Anderson.
 
The parents released a statement saying Lucy, who is 7 pounds, 3.6 ounces, and mother are doing fine.

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