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Beachgoers stunned as ‘ghost ship’ washes up on Washington island

WASHINGTON: A “ghost ship” that was drifting for at least a few months perplexed beach-goers who found it washed up on a Washington state island.

A Twitter user posted a photo Tuesday of the large boat resting on a Whidbey Island beach after it was brought in by the tide.

“You didn’t lose an old ferry on #whidbeyisland did you? Washed ashore near Clinton!” Clark tweeted, tagging the official Washington State Ferries account.

Joe Smiley, a representative for the state Department of Natural Resources, told KOMO-TV officials first received reports of the boat drifting without a crew near Port Townsend “a couple of months ago.”

Larry Altose of the state Ecology Department said the boat had been seen adrift in Port Susan, near the Tulalip Indian Reservation, Dec. 30. Tulalip police investigated and determined the boat didn’t have any fuel aboard, so the state National Resources Department’s derelict vessel program was contacted.



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