Possible tsunami debris washed up to shore by Turtle Bay Resort

Published On: Aug 17 2013 06:38:02 PM HST
KAHUKU, Hawaii -

Possible tsunami debris washed up to shore in Turtle Bay this morning. In one week two boats with Japanese writing have washed up on Oahu.

Sameurako is the name of the boat that washed up at Turtle Bay. The Department of Land and Natural Resources says it's probably debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, wreckage that's floated across the Pacific. A Turtle Bay Resort staff member spotted the boat around 8 a.m.

"When I came this morning I saw the boat was stuck on the reef out there. The boat washed up on the shore here and ended up right there," said Viernes Paxton, a staff member at Turtle Bay Resort.

It's the second abandoned boat by the resort he's seen in one week. On Wednesday, a 20 to 25 foot boat was found in Kawela Bay nearby. The DLNR says that boat too is most likely tsunami debris. The vessel was removed from the shore Friday.

"There were thousands of these types of boats that were washed out to sea by the tsunami, so the fact that there are two that come ashore in line with each other, its coincidental, but I would expect it," said William Aila with the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

More than a dozen boats have washed up on Hawaii's shores, all predicted to be parts of the aftermath of the natural disaster. But it's not just boats that are making their way over to the islands. A third possible debris item was found this week.

"There was a plastic pallet with Japanese writing that pulled up on Makapuu so that pulled up on the shore and our crew will deal with it on Monday," said Aila.

The DLNR cannot confirm if it is tsunami debris until the Japanese embassy does.

There were green mussels found on both boats. Green mussels are invasive species, so the area around the vessels will be blocked off for further inspection.


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