Beachcombers at Oregon Coast treated to rare low tides

Beachcombers at Oregon Coast treated to rare low tides

Credit: OR Parks

The Bella, shipwrecked near the mouth of the Siuslaw River at the Oregon Coast

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by By Kgw.com and AP Staff

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 9 at 12:54 PM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- Rare extreme low tides at the Oregon coast brought out beachcombers eager to explore exposed tide pools and see the remains of shipwrecks that few visitors get to see.

Tides as low as minus 3 feet, a rare occurrence, gave visitors to the Oregon coast the chance to see the secrets hidden by the sea most of the year. 

In February, 2008 the wreck of the George L. Olson was exposed in sand on the North Spit of Coos Bay.

SLIDESHOW: Mystery ship identified

In 2008, beeswax likely from a Spanish ship washed up near Neskowin.

During last year's extreme low tide, visitors flocked to see a mystery wreck exposed near the mouth of the Siuslaw River, later identified as the Bella.

Several cannons also washed ashore last spring at the Oregon coast. PHOTOS: Cannon washed ashore

Among the famous wrecks and attractions visible are:

- The wreck of the Peter Iredale at Clatsop beach

- The Oliver Olson, a steamship visible along the south jetty in Bandon

- The ancient "ghost forest" tree stumps in Neskowin   PHOTOS: Neskowin Ghost forest

Coastal visitors were urged to exercise caution when exploring exposed tidepools. On Tuesday, a woman in a tidal pool at Boiler Bay fell and injured her ankle. The 45-year-old had to be airlifted from the tide pool by the U.S. Coast Guard to a nearby parking lot because of the slick and uneven terrain of the pool.

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