Fishing vessel runs aground on Columbia River

SEATTLE – A 42-foot fishing vessel ran aground Sunday morning on the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash., after striking some pilings.

The master of a passing tugboat notified the Coast Guard at 8:00 a.m. to report that a fishing boat was grounded.

The master of the fishing boat attempted to re-float the vessel, but was unsuccessful.

“There is an active Blue Heron nesting area in the vicinity,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Smith, Chief of Response, Sector Portland, Ore. “Due to the potential consequences, including the threat of pollution, Coast Guard Sector Portland has arranged for commercial assistance to remove the vessel and take it to a place of safety.”

A Coast Guard field team is on scene along with responders from Northwest Underwater Construction. A safety zone has been established around the grounded vessel to facilitate response operations.

The Coast Guard is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to coordinate response efforts. Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Portland are monitoring the salvage efforts.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

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