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25-foot boat slides onto roadway

A lane of traffic on Clover Valley Road was blocked this morning after a boat fell off its hitch.  - Liz Burlingame/Whidbey News-Times
A lane of traffic on Clover Valley Road was blocked this morning after a boat fell off its hitch.
— image credit: Liz Burlingame/Whidbey News-Times

A Rosborough, Kingfisher II boat blocked a lane of traffic on Clover Valley Road this morning after falling off its hitch.

Owner Mervyn Floyd of South Whidbey was hauling the boat to Cornet Bay in a white, Chevrolet 2500 pick-up truck.

While braked at a stop sign near Ault Field Road, Floyd heard a banging noise and watched as the hooks on the winch broke loose.

"It quietly slipped off," Floyd said. "We used three restraints on it too."

The accident was reported at 9:30 a.m. and Matt Mishler of the Island County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene.

The boat was parked in the roadway for over an hour as a tow truck and winch were called in from Everett.

Floyd said there appeared to be little damage to the boat, only some scrapes on the bottom.

"It's really solid," he said. "A great boat."

No one was injured.

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