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Sunken Boat Pulled From Columbia River Near Finley

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FINLEY, Wash. - After three weeks of work and planning, crews successfully pulled a sunken fishing boat from the Columbia River near Finley Wednesday.

The Washington Department of Ecology first had to remove diesel fuel and oil to reduce the chance of a spill.

A private diving company and the Department of Natural Resources then used a crane to lift the 41 foot, 23 ton wooden boat onto a barge and hauled it to a dock.

The DNR will scrap the boat unless the owner tries to retain custody.

Shane Early, DNR Aquatics Resources Division Spokesperson said, "It's one of those things where we really would love for all boat owners to be able to take care of their vessels. This isn't something that the state prefers to do, having to take custody or having to deal with derelict vessels."

The state will try and get the boat owner to pay for some of the work, but most of the money will come from a derelict vessel account funded by boater registration fees.