Crews searched every room of the ferry Cathlamet when a bicycle was left behind after all passengers had disembarked the vessel from its mid-morning arrival in Seattle.
In addition, the Coast Guard launched a helicopter and boat to join the search effort, in case the bicyclist had fallen off the ferry into Elliott Bay.
But the search was called off when the bicyclist turned up and admitted having walked off the ferry without thinking and left the bicycle behind.
The search delayed the 10 a.m. departure from Seattle to Bremerton for about 30 minutes. This will also delay the 11:10 a.m. sailing from Bremerton, the 12:35 p.m. sailing from Seattle and possibly others.
The incident inspired the state Department of Transportation to issue this tweet: "PSA O'day: When you ride your bike onto the ferry, best to remember it before walking off of the ferry."