Coast Guard pollution response crews are responding to a partially submerged and grounded 26-foot pleasure boat with an unknown amount of fuel an board north of Kelley Point on the Columbia River, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River incident management division personnel are coordinating the response to the vessel, including contracting responders to address and remove any pollution threat to the maritime environment.
Coast Guard Station Portland was alerted to the incident through a cell phone call and launched 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew to assist a boat reportedly taking on water. Upon arriving on scene the RB-S crew found a cabin cruiser partially submerged and adrift with no persons on board.
A nearby third party informed the Coast Guard that the private boat was reportedly being towed when it started taking on water and was abandoned by the owner. The owner was tracked to North Portland Harbor, where he was made aware of his responsibilities for addressing the situation.
The owner assured responders that he would address the situation, however, due to the lack of immediate response to a potential pollution incident; the Coast Guard has federalized the response and has contracted Fred Devine Diving and Salvage to ensure a proper clean-up of any pollution from the vessel.
The vessel initially drifted north on the Columbia River, before it grounded on the Oregon side outside of the navigation channel.
There was minor pollution sheening reportedly coming from the vessel, however, the owner reported there was no fuel on board the boat.