Crews Run into Trouble with Dock

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Near NEWPORT, Ore. — Ballard Diving and Salvage crews are working on their third cut through the Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach.

Getting the first cut done was quite the process.

Crews started Wednesday, but they ran into rebar and some large metal tubes at the bottom of the dock. They started a new cut and had to bring in a hand-torch and circular saw to get all the way through.

A lot of onlookers who stopped by to see the deconstruction missed the big moment.

“It’s interesting to see how it shifted in the sand and all of the people that are coming,” said visitor Anita Tanner.

“(I was) anxious to see how they were going to take it apart and how they were going to do it, so I came down yesterday morning thinking it was going to happen yesterday morning, then came back yesterday afternoon afraid I was going to miss it, I’m back again today,” said visitor Kathy Garner.

“I would have liked to have seen the crane lift it up onto the truck and take it down the beach,” said Greg Perez.

Crews wrapped plastic around the dock to keep the styrofoam in. They plan to bring larger trucks to remove the pieces off of the beach.

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