COOS BAY — Authorities have hauled away a barnacle-encrusted Japanese boat that washed up on Coos Bay’s North Spit this week.
Megan Harper, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management’s North Bend office, said the boat was discovered Wednesday evening. The 30-foot vessel is suspected to be debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011.
The boat was discovered on BLM land, but Harper said the agency has a collaborating agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to turn over any suspected tsunami debris.
A bulldozer contracted by the Parks Department removed the boat from the beach Thursday morning. Researchers from the Oregon Department of Marine Biology and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were on the scene to collect samples.
If the boat is confirmed to be a debris from the Japan tsunami, it would be the first major piece of debris found on Coos County’s shores.