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A 30' nonmotorized boat was removed from the ocean shore near Horsfall Beach north of Coos Bay at 3 p.m., Feb. 21. Contractor Johnson Rock of Coos Bay transported it to Les Sanitation in Coos Bay. Removing the debris cost the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department $2,500.

No pollution or other hazardous materials were detected, but there was marine life clinging to the debris. 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. There is Japanese writing on the vessel, but its exact origin and date it was lost haven't been determined. See More