Boat found at Ocean Shores may be from tsunami

OCEAN SHORE — State authorities are checking a small boat that washed onto a beach at Ocean Shores on Monday night to determine if it may have crossed the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami off Japan.

Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent said it was covered with barnacles and seaweed. It was taken to a state parks maintenance facility where the marine life is being removed and tested for invasive species.

Kent says it’s obvious the boat was floating a long time, but there’s no indication yet where it came from.

Another boat was found last Wednesday near Long Beach, also covered with marine life. It also was taken to a state parks facility and no sign of its origin was found.

Kent said there has been no confirmed tsunami debris since last year.

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