The tsunami debris has found innovative locations across the North American west coast, to come and park themselves. The latest find was a tsunami-related vessel, first of its kind to arrive on the B.C. coast. Beachcombing couple Jeanne Beaver and her husband Richard, salvaged a boat and were overjoyed to learn that the owner was safe.
The couple is a resident of Borrowman Bay on northwestern Aristazabal Island on B.C.’s north coast. They are retired and live on a 12-metre sailboat, their floating home and head to Kitimat about every six months to get gasoline and groceries. They recently came upon the boat, which had washed ashore upside down on the south side of Thomson Island, very close to their home.
After they were notified about the find, a federal fisheries officer arrived to check out the boat and confirmed that the attached shellfish were gooseneck barnacles and not an invasive species. Apparently the couple tracked down the owner using the number on the vessel. The Japanese embassy confirmed that the owner had no interest in procuring back the vessel. The 6.5-metre boat is a Panga-styled vessel used for fishing and had no motor attached to it. Part of the upper bow is damaged but overall it seems to be salvageable. Hence once the procedures are completed, the Beavers plan to get it repaired and use it.
[Via Vancouver Sun]