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Tug and barge hit pleasure boat on Columbia River

Mar 22, 2018 09:54 AM

The boat's occupants were unaware they had drifted into the main channel in heavy fog

A tug with two barges heads down the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash.

Courtesy The Oregonian

A tug with two barges heads down the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash.

(LONGVIEW, Wash.) — A tugboat and barge reportedly hit a smaller vessel Wednesday morning on the Columbia River, tossing the smaller boat's occupants into the water, The Oregonian reported.

The collision happened near Willow Grove Park, which is downriver of Longview, according to Petty Officer Amanda Norcross, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman. No injuries were reported.

Norcross said the tugboat and barge reportedly hit the 20-foot pleasure craft and caused the smaller vessel to capsize. She said there was thick fog and zero visibility at the time of the collision, which was estimated to be about 7:30 a.m.

A good Samaritan picked up the smaller boat's two occupants, who had been fishing, and took them to shore, Norcross said.

The people aboard the smaller boat told the Coast Guard they were unaware they drifted into the river's main channel. 

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