Wreckage of fishing vessel washes up in flames on Oregon Coast

by News Staff KCBY Coos Bay – 

BANDON, Ore. – A burning fishing boat abandoned by its crewwashed up on the Oregon Coast still on fire Thursday in a remote area designated for the recovery of a threatened bird species, state officials say.

The wreckage of the Ann Kathleen is no longer actively burning as of Friday, officials said.

A team from he U.S. Coast Guard, a local fire department and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality “will evaluate the site for toxic materials and develop any necessary response plan to protect the beach and nearby shorebird nesting area,” Oregon State Parks said. (Oregon State Parks)But a team from he U.S. Coast Guard, a local fire department and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality “will evaluate the site for toxic materials and develop any necessary response plan to protect the beach and nearby shorebird nesting area,” Oregon State Parks said.

The area where the boat came ashore in flames is designated for recovery of the western snowy plover, a threatened species of bird.

The 64-foot wood and fiberglass fishing vessel out of Westport, Washington, caught fire while at sea on Thursday off the southern Oregon Coast, south of Bandon.

The flaming wreckage came aground on a beach north of Floras Lake at low tide late Thursday.

State and federal officials have contacted the ship’s owner and insurer.

State and federal officials have contacted the ship’s owner and insurer.

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