CANNON BEACH, Ore. (KOIN) — A boat that was at sea during the devastating 2011 tsunami off the Pacific Coast of Japan has washed ashore on the Oregon Coast.
The 45-foot boat was found just a few miles south of Cannon Beach over the weekend. Experts say a vessel of this size is significant, especially after so many years.
“It’s pretty incredibly it took 7 years to float across to here,” resident Rusty Spoatt said.
The boat is pretty banged up from its journey and covered in non-native barnacles, but you can still see Japanese writing on it.
“It looks like a wreck, it looks like an old rusty boat,” said Bonnie Neugebauer, who lives nearby.
Experts say the boat could have washed up on a beach in Alaska or British Columbia and then swept back into the ocean, or it could have been adrift for years.
After a thorough inspection, officials determined the boat is not a threat to the environment and will remain in the spot until a contractor comes to take it away.
“Something like this makes you realize that what happens any place in the world touches you no matter who you are and where you live and what’s going on and I think we need to remember that,” Neugebauer said.