Boat believed to be from 2011 tsunami washed ashore

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. (Q13Fox) - A small boat believed to be from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami was found washed ashore in Washington.

Authorities say the boat was found off Ocean Lake Way and turned over to Grays Harbor County authorities.

According to Q13Fox, Charles Wallace, Deputy Director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, said the Department of Ecology will inspect the boat Tuesday.

They are worried there are invasive species of marine life on the boat.

Reports say a marine debris task force was activated after the discovery was made.

Wallace says they found some Asian-language writing on the boat.

Officials are expected to contact the Japanese Consulate in Seattle for help identifying the boat.

Linda Kent, a representative from the Department of Ecology said another boat was found last week that did not have any identifying markers.

Kent also said boats of this type washed ashore in Washington even before the tsunami.