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Mar-30-2009 08:41printcomments

Coast Guard Responds After Sailing Vessel Strikes Bridge (PHOTOS)

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

Sailboat after striking Oregon bridge 3-29-09
Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

(SEATTLE) - The Coast Guard responded to a disabled sailing vessel after it collided 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 collided 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.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard




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mike April 7, 2009 1:48 pm (Pacific time)

More about the presence of many gillnets on this day is available here: http://craca.netfirms.com/news/200904/200904.htm


Mitch March 30, 2009 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

The mentioning of gillnets is this release has brought many questions. Where and how were gillnets or a gilnetting boat involved in this incident?

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