Arson Deemed Cause of Boat Fire in Penn Cove

Posted: January 15, 2013  |  By: Maureen O'Hagan [Seattle Times]

It's official: Arson was the cause of a fire last spring on a 140-foot boat unlawfully moored off Whidbey Island, according to a report by the King County Sheriff's Office.

The Deep Sea, an old, rusted-out fishing vessel, caught fire and sank to the bottom of Penn Cove early one Saturday in May. It cost state and federal government nearly $5.4 million to clean up the mess and dispose of the craft.

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