Sunken boat posing threat to harbor to be removed

Sunken boat posing threat to harbor to be removed
The derelict net pen the Department of Natural Resources removed in June in order to access the sunken steel boat. (Photo courtesy Lisa Randlette / DNR).

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. -- No one seems to know why the derelict steel boat sank or just how long it has been at the bottom of Quartermaster Harbor, but one thing is for sure: it's now considered a threat to boaters and will be removed.

The boat, which is submerged in 12 to 14 feet of water, was originally tied to an old, derelict net pen used to breed fish. In order to get access to the boat, crews had to first remove the 11,900-square-foot pen from the harbor in June.

While it is unknown how the steel boat sank, the Department of Natural Resources says it's been in the water for years and is believed to be 60 to 70 feet long.

On Wednesday the boat will be lifted out of the water and loaded onto a barge to be scrapped.