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Boat sinking probe focuses on crab lines

Testimony in a second round of hearings into a fishing vessel that sank off the Washington Coast, killing all four people on board, has raised the possibility that the boat got tangled in crab pot lines.

The Lady Cecilia sank quickly March 10 about 20 miles west of Leadbetter Point. The crew could neither escape nor send a distress signal.

Before that, skipper Dave Nichols had called a nearby boat to say he had 70,000 pounds of fish and was headed for a processing plant.

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