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Japanese tsunami boat that hit North Coast going home

  • Sherry Constancio checking out the barnacles on the panga boat.

CRESCENT CITY — A barnacle-covered fishing boat that was confirmed as the first debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan to reach California's shores is returning home.

The Del Norte Triplicate reports that the boat is scheduled to leave from the San Francisco Bay Area for Japan by ship on Sept. 16. Free transportation is being provided by the shipping company, Yamato Transport.

The 20-foot boat washed up in Crescent City in Northern California on April 7.

It belongs to a high school in the city of Rikuzentakata, which was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

Del Norte County Sheriff's Office Commander Bill Steven helped with the arrangements to get the boat back to Japan. He said its return, though right, was bittersweet since people in Crescent City had become attached to it.

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