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Possible Japanese fishing boat removed from Washington beach

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Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  / A boat that may be debris from the Japanese tsunami washed ashore in Ilwaco last week. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / A boat that may be debris from the Japanese tsunami washed ashore in Ilwaco last week.
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ILWACO, WA (KPTV) -

Washington state officials removed the boat believed to be from Japan that was found on the shore of Cape Disappointment State Park.

The Washington Department of Ecology first confirmed the vessel was found on Friday, saying that state and federal agencies were responding to a boat that washed ashore in Ilwaco, WA, and may have originated in Japan.

Reports began to come in at around 3 p.m. of a boat with Japanese writing on it washing ashore in three pieces at Cape Disappointment State Park in Pacific County.

SLIDESHOW: Boat may be Japan tsunami debris

Washington's departments of Ecology, Health, Fish and Wildlife, Military Emergency Management Division and Washington Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are inspecting the 20-foot boat to determine if it was swept into the Pacific Ocean during the March 11, 2011 tsunami.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is asking the public to stay away from the boat so the Fish and Wildlife Department can clean it and remove potentially invasive plant and animal species.

NOAA is working with the Japanese consulate in Seattle to determine if the boat came from Japan and to find its owner.

A preliminary examination revealed no oil or hazardous materials associated with the boat.

The boat will be pressure washed before it's taken to a spot in the park where visitors may be able to view it for a short time.

Anyone encountering potentially hazardous materials is asked to call 1-800-oils-911.

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