Coast Guard searches for missing container

SEATTLE — Coast Guard Sector Portland is searching for a container that fell from the vessel Chief between Cape Horn, Wash., and Multnomah Falls, Ore., along the Columbia River Saturday.

Sector Portland received notification from Tidewater Tug Lines around 10 p.m. that while transiting the Columbia River eastbound enroute to Pasco, Wash., Chief experienced severe weather and heavy winds knocking the empty container overboard.

Mariners are urged to be aware of the possible hazard to navigation and report any sightings of the container, which may or may not be afloat, to Sector Portland at 503-240-9311 or VHF channel 16.

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