Another derelict boat retrieved from Oregon Beach… possible Japanese tsunami debris

March 16, 2013 12:23 am News
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A 24-foot non-motorized boat, possibly from Japan, was removed from the beach near Ponsler Wayside, 13 miles north of Florence Thursday evening.  According to Chris Havel with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the vessel was spotted by a beach monitor working with the Oregon Surfrider Foundation Thursday morning.

A retrieval crew from Leisure Excavating in Florence pulled the boat from the surfline by 7 PM Thursday and stored it overnight.  It will be taken to the Lane County Waste Transfer site.

Havel says the boat had Japanese characters on it.  Two placards with what appeared to be registration information were removed for further research into the probably source and date that the boat was cast adrift.

Several confirmed pieces of debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been found on the Oregon and Washington Coast since last spring.

Japanese characters on a derelict 24-foot boat found on the Oregon Coast March 14th, 2013 point to the vessel's probable source. (Bob Sneddon)

Japanese characters on a derelict 24-foot boat found on the Oregon Coast March 14th, 2013 point to the vessel’s probable source. (Bob Sneddon)

Volunteers spotted a non-motorized boat adrift in the surf north of Florence, March 14th, 2013.  (Oregon Parks and Recreation Photo)

Volunteers spotted a non-motorized boat adrift in the surf north of Florence, March 14th, 2013. (Oregon Parks and Recreation Photo)

A crew from Leisure Excavating in Florence remove an un-powered boat from the beach at Muriel O. Ponsler Wayside, 13 miles north of Florence.  The boat is possibly debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. (Oregon Parks and Recreation Photo)

A crew from Leisure Excavating in Florence remove an un-powered boat from the beach at Muriel O. Ponsler Wayside, 13 miles north of Florence. The boat is possibly debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. (Oregon Parks and Recreation Photo)

Hundreds of pounds of goose neck barnacles and other marine species cover almost every square inch of a boat found north of Florence March 14th, 2013.  Biologists are examining samples of the organisms to try to determine if any could be considered invasive species. (Bob Sneddon)

Hundreds of pounds of goose neck barnacles and other marine species cover almost every square inch of a boat found north of Florence March 14th, 2013. Biologists are examining samples of the organisms to try to determine if any could be considered invasive species. (Bob Sneddon)

A 24 ft non-motorized boat was removed from the beach near Ponsler Wayside, 13 miles north of Florence yesterday. Oregon parks officials say the boat’s origin is uncertain. A placard with Japanese characters on it was removed and sent the Japanese Consulate in an effort to determine where it came from.
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