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Floating homeless camp sinks in Seattle

August 22, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — What authorities describe as a homeless camp on the water in Seattle has sunk.

KOMO-TV reports the floating camp was made up of three boats rafted together and tied up illegally to a fishing net piling belonging to the Duwamish Tribe.

Two of the boats sank last week in the Duwamish Waterway while a third boat remained afloat.

The Port of Seattle is investigating after it was asked to by the City of Tukwila last month.

Marine Division/Environmental Compliance Manager for the Port Mike DeSota says there was a “homeless concentration” of people going back and forth from the vessels.

Officials say the Coast Guard pumped out fuel and removed hazardous chemicals on board. On Wednesday, a salvage crew removed both boats.


Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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