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Sunken Boat Recovered from Columbia River at Clover Island

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Coast Guard spotted a sunken 18-foot boat in the Columbia River Thursday morning so they towed it to Clover Island. 

The Coast Guard asked for help from Columbia Basin Dive Rescue to get it back to the surface. Benton County Sheriff's deputies believe it could have been abandoned and just left to float. They think the heavy rain recently could have sunk it.

This is the third boat like this found in the Columbia and  Yakima Rivers in just the last month. Each time at least the Sheriff's Office, Dive Rescue and the fire department have to be called out. 

"Tie your boats down. Even if you're stripping it for parts or the shell, you're still responsible for it. It's an easy enough fix but it's kind of a pain for a lot of resources for something really easy," said Troy McGregor, the operations director for Columbia Basin Dive Rescue. 

Deputies will try to identify the boat owner who could then be responsible for the cost of all the cleanup. In this case, fortunately there were no fuel spills or anything like that. But the Sheriff's office says there is a program in Washington for people to get rid of boats safely and correctly. Just contact the State Department of Natural Resources