There is a rising suspicion that the photo of the “second” Japanese floating dock is one that was taken of the first dock and never reported to law enforcement or the news media.
Photo: Tillamook Headlight Herald
The Tillamook Headlight Herald is now reporting that the person who gave them the photo apparently believes that there was a misunderstanding about when the photograph was taken. The Herald is now reporting that the photo may have been taken just days before the Japanese dock came ashore at Agate Beach, just north of Newport late night on June3rd or early morning of June 4th.
Coast Guard has still found no sign of a second Japanese floating dock that was reported floating offshore from Garibaldi to Cascade Head. The stories that are now coming out of a number of sources is that the photo was transferred between fishermen and that it got into the hands of the Tillamook Headlight Herald yesterday. They published the photo on their news website. From there the assumption was that a second Japanese dock was headed south along the Oregon Coast. As of 4:10pm, everyone from the State Office of Emergency Management to the Coast Guard are growing more suspicious by the hour that the photo was simply a picture taken in early June of the dock that did eventually come ashore at Agate Beach, just north of Newport. However, the photo never made it into the hands of law enforcement or the news media.
The Coast Guard has dispatched a second helicopter to search for a reported derelict Japanese Dock said to be floating off the Oregon Coast somewhere between Pacific City and Cascade Head/North Lincoln City. Thus far no sign of it. A Coast Guard motor lifeboat reportedly searched the area where they thought the dock might be. Again, nothing.
Close examination of the photo suggests that the dock in the latest photo shows damage similar to that of the first one that came ashore at Agate Beach just north of Newport on the night of June 3rd/4th.
The Oregon Tsunami Debris Management Team has been activated by Governor Kitzhaber. County Commissioner Terry Thompson and others believe the Coast Guard will be tasked with sinking the dock before it can make landfall. However, Dr. John Chapman of Hatfield Marine Science is trying to arrange an opportunity for divers to collect invasive species samples off the dock which he told Thompson is critically important for research.