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Derelict boat update 2: removed from beach

March 22, 2016

Coos Bay OR -- The forward section of a boat spotted by the US Coast Guard March 16 (http://1.usa.gov/1ZoCxWO) that landed north of Coos Bay (http://1.usa.gov/1PpGjYc) has been removed from the beach.

The damaged vessel was made of fiberglass, metal, and rigid foam, and measured 16 feet long, and nine feet wide. Biologists removed samples of algae, a live Planes crab, and mollusks for study and identification, a process which will take several days. A contractor, Johnson Rock Products of Coos Bay, removed the debris and took it to a landfill for final disposal.

The origin of the boat has not yet been determined, but a registration number was uncovered during recovery operations. Federal officials in the U.S. and Japan will research the number and attempt to identify a home port.

No more updates on this event will be issued today.

 Johnson Rock Products drags the boat off the beach

Identification number found on the boat's outer surface