Japanese boat hauled off Oregon beach

Japanese boat hauled off Oregon beach
A contractor hauled the boat off the beach Thursday

COOS BAY, Ore. - A contractor hauled a 30-foot derelict boat off Horsfall Beach on Thursday at a cost of $2,500 to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The boat displays Japanese writing, but its exact origin is not yet known. It may be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan. Docks, boats and other debris started washing up on Northwest shores last summer.

No pollution or other hazardous materials were detected, but there was marine life clinging to the debris, state parks said.

Biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology took samples and will send them to the Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for identification.

Debris keeps on coming

Crews hauled a 1-ton boat off Gleneden Beach earlier this month.

A large pipe washed ashore in late January on the Washington coast near the mouth of the Columbia River at Cape Disappointment State Park.

Two massive docks have washed ashore - one last December on a remote part of the Washington coast, another in the summer of 2012 on a popular Oregon beach that gave tourism a boost.

The stream of debris - which is expected to get worse - has turned beachcombing into a mystery for coast visitors.

People who sight unusual amounts of debris can report it by calling 211 (1-800-SAFENET), or by sending an email to beach.debris@state.or.us.