Suspected tsunami debris increases on Washington beaches

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 6:57 PM

OCEAN PARK, Wash. -- Three barnacle encrusted boats -- possible Japanese tsunami debris -- washed up on southern Washington beaches over the last five days.

The boats were towed to a yard at the Washington State Parks office in Illwaco. They will be inspected for invasive species and identifying features that can trace them back to Japan.

The man who towed them, George Hill of Hill’s Towing in Ocean Park, said he is confident they are from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. He also said he was told to expect more.

Hill said the Coast Guard told him there are four or five more boats just a short distance offshore. He added that the increase in big debris like boats and docks is accompanied by hundreds of pieces of small items like Japanese water bottles, floats, buoys and trash.

The Long Beach Peninsula has had some steady winds out of the west lately and that usually increases the debris, according to Hill.
 

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