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September 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Ferndale boat factory fire ruled an accident

A police spokesman in the northwest Washington town of Ferndale says a huge fire at a boat factory has been ruled accidental. The Bellingham Herald reports that Lt. Matt Huffman says experts from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have determined the Sept. 11 fire at Northwest Marine was caused by chemicals used…

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September 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Fire destroys Ferndale fiberglass boat business

The Associated Press FERNDALE — A fire Thursday night in Ferndale destroyed the building that housed Northwest Marine Industries, a business that manufactured about three fiberglass sports boats a month. The Bellingham Herald reports no one was hurt in the fire. The building was gutted by heat and flames. Northwest Marine operated in the building about three years…

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May 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Fun in the sun! Readers shared summer boating photos

Summer is finally here in the Northwest and what better way to celebrate the season than to get out on the water? Whether it’s kayaking near the Arboretum, water skiing on Lake Sammamish or cruising Lake Union, we asked for your best boating photos. You will need to enable JavaScript in order to view the Gallery.

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February 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Destroyed boats being raised following La Conner marina fire

Two of the six boats that sunk during a massive marina fire near La Conner were raised and put on barges Saturday and crews were working to raise two more Sunday, according to Larry Kibbee, president of the board for the Shelter Bay Community, owners of the Shelter Bay Marina. “Now they’ll be taken to a…

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January 26, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Report: Fatigue, fog factored in fatal boat crash

LA PUSH (AP) — A new report from Canadian officials says fog, fatigue and an “unfamiliarity with safety issues” factored into a pre-dawn collision between two fishing vessels that left a Port Angeles man dead. The Peninsula Daily News reports that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its findings last week into the September 2012…

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January 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Owners of boats that sank hit with criminal charges

For what is likely the first time in state history, Washington has filed criminal charges against two separate owners of  derelict vessels that sank in Pierce and Kitsap counties, spilling oil that, the state says, contaminated the waters. The state Office of the Attorney General has charged Stephen C. Mason with one count of abandoning a…

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July 5, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Illegal fireworks reported in area before big marina fire

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.|     Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said that before last night’s marina fire, a worker at the marina told police about fireworks being illegally set off in the vicinity. Moore said a forklift operator at Lake Union SkyLaunch Marina told a police officer in the area about illegal fireworks being shot…

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January 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

1 abandoned vessel sinks, 1 listing in Tacoma waterway

The Associated Press TACOMA — One abandoned ship sank early Friday and threatened to pull another down in a waterway off Puget Sound, creating the latest million-dollar problem involving derelict vessels in Washington. The Coast Guard, state Ecology Department and Tacoma Fire Department responded to the Mason Marina on the Hylebos Waterway where the two…

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March 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Kirkland considers ban on Juanita Bay boat parties

The Associated Press A crackdown on noisy boat parties is on the mind of the Kirkland City Council. The council is considering an ordinance that would ban the practice of “rafting,” that is linking, more than two boats together. Kirkland Police Lt. John Ashlip told KIRO-FM sometimes in the summer on Juanita Bay dozens of boats congregate and tie…

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October 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Third new ferry delivered to the state

Washington State Ferries received its third new ferry Monday, three months ahead of schedule. The 64-car Kennewick was delivered by Vigor Industrial to the ferry system’s Eagle Harbor facility, where it will be outfitted before beginning service in mid-January on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route. The three ferries, the Chetzemoka, Salish and Kennewick, are part of the Kwa-di…

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