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Sternwheeler Willamette Queen Runs Aground Near Oregon City

No injuries or serious damage was reported.

The Willamette Queen
The Willamette Queen photo

(OREGON CITY) - The Coast Guard is responding to the grounding of the sternwheeler Willamette Queen near Oregon City Sunday.

Reports indicate that the 87-foot riverboat was being escorted by two Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels when it ran aground with 80 passengers and eight crew on board at approximately 5:30 p.m.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, two Coast Guard 25-foot smallboat crews from Station Portland, and a tugboat from Newburg, Ore. were dispatched to the scene, while the two Auxiliary vessels stayed with the Willamette Queen.

The tugboat successfully managed to free the vessel, and move it to Willamette Park in Portland. Coast Guard investigators from Sector Portland will inspect the damage.

No injuries or serious damage to the vessel have been reported.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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Jane February 1, 2010 12:04 pm (Pacific time)

What a memorable afternoon ride! I'm glad everybody's ok. Serious stuff.

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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.