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Japanese boat washes ashore in south Clatsop County

Published on December 5, 2017 3:48PM

A vessel washed ashore between Arcadia Beach and Hug Point on Dec. 2. Oregon State Parks and the Coast Guard checked it out. It is believed to be debris from the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue

A vessel washed ashore between Arcadia Beach and Hug Point on Dec. 2. Oregon State Parks and the Coast Guard checked it out. It is believed to be debris from the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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There was no sign any people recently occupied a capsized boat that washed ashore

Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue

There was no sign any people recently occupied a capsized boat that washed ashore

Oregon State Parks is working with a salvaging company to remove the vessel from the beach.

Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue

Oregon State Parks is working with a salvaging company to remove the vessel from the beach.


CANNON BEACH — A 38-foot capsized Japanese fishing boat washed ashore about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 between Arcadia Beach and Hug Point in south Clatsop County.

Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict said the Coast Guard arrived and insured there were no people in need of help.

Officials from Oregon State Parks and the Coast Guard evaluated its condition and inspected it for any leaking fluids or safety hazards, Benedict said.

Benedict said the vessel looks like it has been in the water for quite a while, and it appears there is Japanese lettering on the hull.

“There’s lots of vegetation on the side. It appears it’s been floating upside down for a long time,” Benedict said. “If people go down and look, just be careful.”

On Monday, the Seaside Aquarium said, “he boat was covered in large, pelagic gooseneck barnacles which indicated it had been floating out at sea for quite some time because pelagic gooseneck barnacles are a species of barnacles that only attached to drifting debris (you’ll will often see them attached to driftwood). The boat has been examined and is not believed to have any non-native species.”

Benedict said he was not aware of health hazards, and that Oregon State Parks is working with a salvaging company to remove the vessel from the beach.

“It is quite a beautiful boat, and a good reminder to refresh your tsunami emergency plan,” aquarium staff said.





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