Report a Vessel

Is the vessel in danger of sinking, in the process of sinking, or releasing pollutants into the water?

If yes, call 911 and report to the Sheriff’s office and do not board the vessel! 

Report the following information:

  • Vessel location
  • Is the vessel moving due wind or tides
  • Estimated size of vessel
  • Do you think the vessel poses an imminent threat to persons or property 
  • Take a photo 

After calling the Sheriff’s office, call the Derelict Vessel Program: 360 370 0555

Does the vessel show signs of neglect but is not an imminent threat?

If you are concerned about a vessel that is showing signs of neglect, or has been moored in one place no observed activity longer than 30 days and does not pose an imminent threat to persons, property or the environment contact the Derelict Vessel Program at 360 370 0555 or Email the Derelict Vessel Program 

What are the signs of neglect?

  • Boats with an expired registration.
  • Boats that list to one side.
  • Boats covered with unusual quantities of growth of algae, moss, grass, or other plant material.
  • Boats with a bilge pump that runs frequently to expel water from the hull.
  • Boats leaking fluids such as oil, fuel, or waste.
  • Boats with severe external deterioration of wood, paint, or other materials.
  • Boat owners or live-aboards who throw waste or other materials into the water.
  • Boats that drift from moorage or docks.
  • Boats that appear to be illegally moored and have not moved in more than 30 days.
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For your protection and the privacy of others, please do not board the vessel yourself!

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Please call for permission before taking your boat to a facility.