OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — A small boat suspected to be from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami was found along Washington’s northern coast Monday, police said.
The boat was found off Ocean Lake Way and turned over to Grays Harbor County authorities, the Ocean Shores Police Department said.
Charles Wallace, deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, told Q13 Fox News the Department of Ecology will inspect the boat Tuesday. They’re worried about invasive species of marine life on the boat, and a marine debris task force was activated after the discovery was made.
Wallace said there is some sort of Asian-language writing on the boat. Officials were expected to contact the Japanese Consulate in Seattle for help identifying the boat.
Linda Kent of the Department of Ecology said similar boat was found last week that did not have any identifying markers.
Kent told the TV stations that even before the tsunami, boats like this were a common sighting along Washington’s coastline.