Update on grounded vessel near Salem, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard investigators found no pollution or apparent damage during the investigation into the grounding of the commercial passenger vessel Willamette Queen near Salem, Ore., Monday.

Willamette Queen had 22 persons aboard when it ran aground at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday near Mclain Island on the Willamette River.

All passengers were removed from the vessel while the captain and an engineer remained aboard to monitor the situation. No injuries have been reported. The vessel was towed back to its homeport in Salem, Ore.

The company arranged for commercial salvage to tow the vessel back to its pier. The Coast Guard is requiring the vessel to complete a full damage survey prior to resuming services.

A more complete investigation into the circumstances of the loss of vessel control and grounding continues.

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