The 40-foot sailboat that washed ashore near Cannon Beach was removed and compacted Tuesday, June 27, and headed for a landfill.

The El Corazon washed ashore June 8 after the vessel lost propulsion about 15 miles off the coast of Cannon Beach. While en route to the Tillamook Bar, waves were breaking over the bow of the sailboat and by 4:48 a.m. the on-board bilge pumps were full of water. The U.S. Coast Guard deemed the vessel unsafe, removed the three people aboard and cut the tow line.

According to state law, the owner of a boat has 14 days after a wreck to remove the debris, Oregon Shores Permit Coordinator Jay Sennewald said. It took the owner the duration of this period to work with his insurance to pay for the removal, otherwise the vessel would have been seized by Oregon State Parks at the owner’s expense.

Coastal Towing & Salvage finished removing the sailboat by noon. By then, many parts of the boat, such as the steering wheel and the navigation equipment, were missing.

Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said the Cannon Beach Police received many calls with reports of people taking items, but the thieves were gone by the time police arrived.

The Coast Guard called in a hazardous materials team to address the fuel and any possible environmental issues the day the ship washed ashore.


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