Boat Believed to Be Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore in Washington

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A small boat believed to have traveled across the Pacific Ocean after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami washed ashore in Washington state this week, according to authorities.

This small boat washed ashore on the coast of Washington and authorities were investigating whether it had come from Japan following the 2011 tsunami. (Credit: Karen Rasmussen via Ocean Shores Police Department)

The boat, which appeared to be covered with unusual-looking barnacles, was discovered Monday morning in Ocean Shores (map), according to police in the small coastal city about 90 miles west-southwest of Seattle.

The boat was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard and Grays Harbor County authorities, an Ocean Shores Police Department sergeant told Seattle television station KCPQ.

The vessel was expected to be removed from the beach on Tuesday.

The state Department of Ecology planned to inspect the boat out of concern it was harboring invasive species of marine life, Charles Wallace, deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, told the station.

There appeared to be Asian-language writing on the boat, Wallace said.

Officials were expected to contact the Japanese Consulate in Seattle for help identifying the boat, KCPQ reported.

A similar boat was found last week, but it did not have any identifying markers, Linda Kent of the Department of Ecology told KCPQ.

Such vessels and other tsunami debris have washed ashore in California as well.

This story was originally reported by KCPQ.

The boat appeared to be covered in barnacles and seaweed. (Credit: Karen Rasmussen via Ocean Shores Police Department)


Another shot of the boat. (Credit: Karen Rasmussen via Ocean Shores Police Department)

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