In waters around Washington, there are currently close to 200 derelict and abandoned boats that authorities know about, but the real numbers could be considerably higher. And officials expect to see more boats headed for a watery grave as the effects of the recession drag on. First in a four-part series.
Washington is among only a handful of states with programs in place to address the rundown and abandoned vessels littering the nation’s waterways. Since 2003, the state has cleared about 220 decrepit boats from Washington’s oceans and rivers. Second in a four-part series.
Decaying and sunken boats can be silent killers, leaching chemicals and unleashing other lethal dangers on marine life. As little as a quart of spilled oil, diesel or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and kill marine life. Part three in a four-part series.
The future of a regional weather service that boaters, meteorologists and even NOAA forecasters depend on is uncertain. The state’s Ferry Weather website is the only source for information about conditions over Western Washington’s inland waters. Covering an area stretching from the San Juan Islands south to Vashon Island that is heavily used by recreational and […]
Year after year, authorities working on the water witness the same tragedy—boaters who could have been saved if only they were wearing life jackets. About 25 people die on Washington waters each year, and the number of those not wearing life jackets consistently hovers around 90 percent. In most cases those deaths are preventable, said […]
The man whose body was found in Lake Washington Friday after a boating accident has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as August Reyes, 56. Reyes and a friend were at Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union Thursday night before getting into a 16-foot runabout and heading toward a marina in Kirkland. […]
The stormy weather that may have played a role in the deaths of three boaters last week is a common occurrence that boaters need to be aware of, experts say. The region was hit with what’s known as an onshore or marine push, a shift from above normal temperatures to cooler air moving in off the ocean. […]