A picture of the boat that sank at Kirkland’s Marina Park on May 7. King County Sheriff’s Office

A picture of the boat that sank at Kirkland’s Marina Park on May 7. King County Sheriff’s Office

Boat sinks at Kirkland marina, leaking fuel into Lake Washington

The small leak poses no threat to residents in the area and the state Department of Ecology responded to the incident.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to a sunken boat at Marina Park in Kirkland on Monday morning.

Sgt. Mark Rorvik with the King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Rescue Dive Unit said the sunken 20-foot Sea Ray was reported Monday morning by a passerby. Kirkland Fire Department placed a boom around the boat to contain leaking fuel and possible engine oil, Rorvik said. The small leak poses no threat to residents in the area and the state Department of Ecology responded to the incident.

It is unknown what caused the boat to sink at this time, but Rorvik said boat sinkings at Lake Washington marinas are fairly common, with his department responding to up to five each year. Rorvik said the boat was used and bought on Sunday by a first-time boat owner. He urged boat owners to have their boat inspected by professionals before placing them in the water.

“Make sure your boat is checked out by a certified mechanic at the start of the season before you put your boat in the water,” he said.

Rorvik said due to the shallow depth at which the boat sank it will be fairly easy for the owner to salvage it. Had it sank in deep water, it would have been much more difficult to retrieve the boat.

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