Curry Coastal Pilot

A 64-foot wood and fiberglass fishing boat, the Ann Kathleen out of Westport, Washington, that caught fire at sea earlier this week is beached near Bandon.

The boat caught fire Thursday off the southern Oregon coast south of Bandon, according to a press release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The crew abandoned the vessel and were eventually rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. No injuries were reported.

The boat came aground in a remote area of beach north of Floras Lake at low tide late Thursday. Debris from the boat, which is no longer actively burning, was resting on the beach as of Friday morning.

A team from the U.S. Coast Guard, Bandon 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. The area is designated for recovery of the western snowy plover.

The release said state and federal officials are in contact with the ship owner and insurer. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will take the lead on managing nontoxic debris on the beach, the release said.

Questions about the offshore portion of the incident will be addressed by the U.S. Coast Guard (PA3 Trevor Lilburn, 206-391-5864).

While remote, beach hikers are advised to steer clear of the debris area. Pedestrians must stay on the wet sand within the plover nesting area (https://bit.ly/wsplover.)

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