Tsunami debris headed for Oregon and Washington: Can boaters and fishers avoid it out there? Good question.
When you show a commercial fisherman like Terry Thompson a picture of the Japanese dock, he shudders to think what would happen if any fishing vessel accidentally hit it at sea. “You’d go straight to the bottom, real quick,” he said.
Of course that would likely happen to any vessel that suffered the misfortune of slamming into a 130 ton concrete dock floating with a near-flat profile on the open water. Since the dock on the sands at Agate Beach is only one of four docks that were ripped from their moorages in Misawa, Japan, and they’ve only found one other, that leaves two of these monsters out there somewhere just waiting for someone to literally run across them.
Many public officials are pondering what, if anything, can be done to to detect such large objects lurking off our coast and to warn mariners about them. The Oregonian has been tracking the issue. Click here.