Coast Guard: 656-foot vessel ran aground in Columbia River

Stock Photo: US Coast Guard / Grant DeVuyst

CRIMS ISLAND, Ore. – A vessel in the Columbia River ran aground near Crims Island Thursday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard responded to the 656-foot Liberian-flagged KM London at mile marker 54.5 at 8:10 p.m.

After the vessel ran aground, it began taking on water in two forward compartments. Crewmembers on board acted fast to get the flooding under control.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew flew over the vessel, but didn’t see any signs of pollution. A boat crew also checked for pollution, but found none.

A Columbia River pilot conducted drug and alcohol testing on crewmembers and the river pilot onboard the vessel at the time of the incident.

Officials say no one was injured.

The owners of the vessel worked with the Coast guard and the Captain of the Port to determine the safest plan to refloat and repair the vessel.

It was successfully refloated during Friday morning’s high tide.

The KM London is now being tugged to Longview, Wash. where it will receive further damage assessment.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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