State may seize derelict boat in Snohomish River

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Washington state could seize a 100-foot (30-meter) commercial fishing vessel that has been stuck in a river for more than a year.

The Daily Herald reported Monday that the state Department Natural Resources has issued the owner of the vessel Hannah Marie a 30-day notice to remove the boat from the Snohomish River.

The department's derelict vessels removal program will take control of the boat if it isn't moved by mid-August.

Jerry Farmer of the department says the state could take the boat out of the river by the end of next month if they do take custody.

The newspaper could reach the boat's owner for comment.

The owner can pursue an appeal if the boat is seized.

The program has removed seven boats from the Everett area since 2015.