Sunken fishing boat abandoned in Reedsport

This is the second time the boat has sunk.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 7:23 PM

REEDSPORT, Ore. -- A 35-foot-long sunken fishing boat has been floating through the water channels in Reedsport over the last few weeks, and neighbors told KEZI 9 News they’re not happy about it.

Officials from the Reedsport Police Department said the boat is originally from Winchester Bay. They said the owner was sent out of the area for not paying boating fees. The owner then docked the boat under the Highway 101 bridge on Winchester Avenue in Reedsport.

It sunk in August and was refloated, officials said. Then, it sank a second time, and the owner abandoned it, leaving it to float.

Regardless of where the boat came from, neighbors like Tara Gilliland said it’s not nice to look at.

“It’s something you’re supposed to be able to walk and not have to see this kind of stuff,” said Gilliland. “It’s an eyesore.”

Chief Matt Smart from the Reedsport Police Department said the county manages the water, so the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for fishing the boat out.

“Now it’s just going to be a hazard laying in the middle of the channel,” said Smart. “Hopefully they can get it removed and find a way to dispose of the boat.”

He said he’s not sure when the sheriff’s office will get the boat, but he said the boat's owner has been cited.

KEZI 9 News reached out to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for comment, but they did not get back to us.

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