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Retired couple salvage first Japanese tsunami boat to reach Canada's B.C. coast by Larry Pynn August 21,2012   |  Source: Vancouver Sun

Jeanne Beaver says beachcombing has become bittersweet since last year's Japanese tsunami sent debris washing up on B.C.'s shores.

"We like to beachcomb, walk around and get our exercise," says the resident of Borrowman Bay on northwestern Aristazabal Island on B.C.'s north coast.

"It's exciting to find these things, but the reason they're here is because of a disaster and tragedy. It takes away from the fun, if you know what I mean."

That's why Beaver and her husband, Richard, who salvaged the first tsunami-related vessel to arrive on the B.C. coast, were overjoyed to learn the owner survived the disaster.

"Thank goodness he was not harmed in Japan," she said in an interview this week. "We were so delighted to hear the owner of the boat was alive and well."

The Beavers, who have a home in Kitwanga in west-central B.C., are retirees who've been living the good life in their 12-metre sailboat and floating home in Borrowman Bay for the past eight years. They make a two-day trip to Kitimat about every six months to get gasoline and groceries.

Beachcombing is a part of their coastal routine, especially now that tsunami debris is arriving ashore.

Earlier in the year, lots of large barrel-shaped Styrofoam arrived, along with fishing floats.

Then came a door


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