Burned-out yacht towed to Bellingham for inspection


Burnt Boat

A tug boat tows the burned out hull of the Ocean Alexander, an 85-foot motor yacht into Bellingham Bay, Sunday, July 14, 2013. The yacht burned at Roche Harbor marina on San Juan Island Wednesday, July 10.


An 85-foot yacht that burned and sank at the Roche Harbor resort on San Juan Island last week was towed to Bellingham on Sunday, July 14, for inspection.

The Ocean Alexander-built yacht, which was for sale at the time of the fire, was hoisted out of the water Monday at Seaview North shipyard on Bellingham’s waterfront to be assessed. The yacht was worth an estimated $4.2 million.

Washington Department of Ecology officials said the yacht, which burned for hours and sank at the Roche Harbor marina, was carrying as much as 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel. Spilled fuel was collected from a containment area at the marina, and divers raised the boat.

No one was on board and no other boats were damaged by the July 10 fire. There were no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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