‘Ghost boat’ from Japan discovered on US coast
They are now trying to confirm the version with the Japanese
authorities. The blue-and-white 6-meter boat was discovered on the
Long Beach Peninsula.
Officials from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission
have asked that the public stay clear of the boat so the state
Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) can take precautionary
actions, including steam cleaning the vessel and removing potential
invasive plant and animal species, Washington’s Department of
Ecology reported online.
The Washington Marine Debris Taskforce, a unit which collects
data on items washed up from Japan, indicated they had found no
hazardous waste on board of the vessel.
It’s not the first time that vessels and other objects have
washed up on US shores. The taskforce indicated a spike in tsunami
debris on Washington's coastal beaches between April and June last
In June, a fiberglass boat was discovered at Cape Disappointment
State Park, with the specialists having found no oil spill or
hazardous material threats to the environment inside the vessel.
The boat was also checked for radiation, though didn’t test
Two months ago, debris was washed up on Hawaiian sands, with objects including
refrigerator parts, oyster buoys, housing insulation, storage bins,
soda bottles, toys, fishing nets, plastic trash cans and even
Japanese net boats.
The disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March
2011 killed nearly 16,000 people and left around 6,000