Tug takes on water, runs aground on Columbia River

SEATTLE – The master of a 57-foot tugboat intentionally grounded his vessel on the Columbia River after it began to take on water today.

At 2:56 a.m., the master of the Lori B grounded the vessel near Troutdale, Ore., after it struck bottom near Lady Island, Wash., and began to flood.

The vessel was later dewatered and is undergoing repairs by commercial salvage companies.

Coast Guard pollution investigators from Sector Portland, Ore., have responded to assess environmental impact.

Boom and absorbent materials have been deployed to contain small amounts of bilge oil that leaked from the tug.

The Lori B has been re-floated but is prohibited from getting underway until the master can prove to the Coast Guard that the vessel is seaworthy.

The tugboat was pushing a 240-foot empty barge when it grounded.

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