Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel near Cathlamet, Wash.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are responding to a grounded boat on the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., Saturday.

The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the Wahkiakum County Sheriff at 3:47 a.m. after the owner of the 42-foot boat Sight Unseen called to report the vessel had run aground near Cathlamet Harbor north of Puget Island. The owner of the vessel, along with his wife and grandchild, had slept on the boat overnight and awoke to find they had run aground. An Incident Management Team from Coast Guard Sector Portland was dispatched to the scene to determine the environmental impact of the grounding.

There are an estimated 400 gallons of diesel fuel on board the vessel. An estimated 65 gallons of the fuel has leaked from the vessel which has been boomed off to contain the spill. The owner of the vessel has taken responsibility and hired Cowlitz Clean Sweep to clean the spill. It is expected the vessel will be refloated Saturday.

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