WA State begins derelict vessel turn-in program

<p>Courtesy WA Dept. of Natural Resources</p>

Courtesy WA Dept. of Natural Resources

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state is now offering to take derelict boats from owners who can't afford to dispose of them legally.

The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that it's accepting applications for the vessel turn-in program which the Legislature approved last year.

The state won't pay owners for boats, but disposal costs would be free for those who qualify.

The idea is to allow Washington residents a way to dispose of potentially dangerous boats so they don't pollute waters or cause public safety hazards.

Boats must be 45 feet or less in length and be in bad condition, among other factors.