Local, state and federal agencies are responding to an approximately 20-foot boat that washed ashore today on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.
Agency staffers are evaluating whether the boat was swept into the Pacific Ocean during the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. The boat is also being inspected for potential aquatic invasive species. No oil or hazardous materials have been associated with the boat.
Officials from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission ask that the public stay clear of the boat so the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can take precautionary actions including steam cleaning the vessel and removing potential invasive plant and animal species.
Other agencies invovled in coordinating in the response are the Pacific County Department of Emergency Management, the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.