State files charges against 2 derelict boat owners – Skagit Valley Herald


The days of anchoring a  boat  in small coves and walking away is over. With the new regulations put in place last year, and charges like this filed, it’s clear the state and counties have had enough. It’s time. We are spending too much money on shellfish harvesting, salmon recovery and other efforts to allow derelict vessels to hang around and destroy our efforts. It’s our tax money being wasted by these folks. Get em off the water.  

Criminal charges have been filed against the owners of two derelict vessels that recently sank and leaked hundreds of gallons of fuel into Puget Sound, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday…. Stephen C. Mason was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with causing the 167-foot Helena Star to become abandoned, and discharging pollutants into state waters. The Helena Star sank last January in the Hylebos Waterway and took down another vessel tied to it. Separately, Anthony R. Smith was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with theft, causing a vessel to become abandoned and discharging pollutants into state waters. The state alleges Smith failed to pay moorage fees after moving the 57-foot historic tugboat Chikamauga to Eagle Harbor Marina in February 2013 and also failed to address the deteriorating condition of his boat. The tugboat sank last October, dumping a few hundred gallons of petroleum products into the water.

http://www.goskagit.com/news/state/state-files-charges-against-derelict-boat-owners/article_caf086a0-2631-5126-b5ef-290db8d41a5b.html

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