Red metal barrel spotted on the beach in Gleneden Beach with what looked like Japanese writing on it.
Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue was dispatched during the noon hour sunday to a report of a red barrel, with japanese writing on it, that washed up on Gleneden Beach just north of the Sijota Street beach access. A fire department beach rescue rig was sent up the beach to determine whether it was a potentially hazardous situation, since there has been so in the news lately about Japanese earthquake debris headed our way, coupled with a great deal of uncertainty about the crippled Fukishima Nuclear Power Station and what may have been jarred loose from the quake and the tsunami that soon followed.
Upon arrival fire fighters quickly ascertained that the red barrel was probably not hazardous because there was a Shell Oil Company logo on top of the barrel. They also ran the barrel I.D. number and it came back to Shell Oil of South Korea. So the writing on the barrel was Korean, not Japanese.
The barrel was loaded up on the beach rescue rig and driven back to the fire station where it was put out back until it can be properly disposed of.
The first that the fire department knew of the barrel was through Lincoln County 9-1-1, who, in turn, had heard about it from the Coast Guard Station in Astoria. That’s who the person who spotted it on the beach originally contacted. Firefighters say anytime you see substantial debris on the beach, it should be reported to local authorities first and then let them assign the call to the appropriate agency. In short, call 9-1-1. They’ll know exactly who to contact.