Boat found off Pacific County coast could be tsunami debris
State and federal agencies are trying to determine whether a 20-foot boat beached at Cape Disappointment state park might be debris from the Japanese tsunami.
State Ecology spokesman Curt Hart says that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has taken information written on the boat and is working with the Japanese consulate in Seattle to determine whether it came from Japan and might have gone through the 2011 tsunami. Hart said the boat washed ashore Friday.
Photos show the barnacle-covered boat flipped over on Benson Beach at the park. Officials are warning the public to stay clear, just in case it might harbor any invasive plant or animal species.
Thousands of people are flocking to see a Japanese dock that was torn loose by the tsunami and ended up on an Oregon beach.