Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe on the Columbia River

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., reminds boaters to stay safe with the improving weather and subsequent increase in boating traffic while transiting the Columbia River.

There is an ongoing pollution removal on the vessel ex-USS Washtenaw County LST-116 on river mile marker 64 near Lord Island, Ore., west of Rainier, Ore.

Armed security continues to patrol the area near the ex-LST-116 to prevent trespassing and ensure the safety of the public from exposure to the hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead paint currently onboard the vessel.

The Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage and health care costs related to recreational boating accidents by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers.

Essential steps include always wearing a life jacket and requiring passengers, including children, to do the same; never boating under the influence; completing a boating safety course; and getting a free vessel safety check annually from local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or United States Power Squadrons® vessel examiners.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters, “You’re in Command. Boat Responsibly!”

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