Coast Guard responds after sailboat hits bridge

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard responded to a disabled sailing vessel after it allided with the Vancouver Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge in Vancouver, Wash., Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland Ore., received a report at 1:32 p.m., that the mast of the sailing vessel Grace allided with the Vancouver Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge. Crews from Coast Guard Station Portland, Multnomah County Sheriffs Department and Clark Country County Sheriffs and Fire responded to the incident along with the assistance of an unidentified Good Samaritan.

The sailing vessel Grace had three persons on board, none of whom were injured.

No damage to the bridge was sustained, however the sailing vessel sustained considerable damage to the mast.

No evidence of pollution was identified.

Mariners are strongly encouraged to keep a watchful eye for poorly or unmarked gillnets, which are located in the vicinity of the navigable channel on the Columbia River, Ore.

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