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Abandoned Boat Sinks
in Columbia River

by Staff
KATU, November 1, 2021

The mast of a vessel in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge was all that could be seen Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 of an abandoned boat that sank the day before. (KATU) PORTLAND, Ore. -- An abandoned boat in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge sank where it sat Sunday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed.

The boat hadn't been used for a while and nonprofit Columbia Watershed Environmental Advocates was going to restore it. However, the founder of the group died and, according to the Coast Guard, the group was waived of responsibility for the boat.

No one owns the boat now, but the Coast Guard said it removed all potential pollution hazards.

State and local agencies are working on a plan to remove the boat, but the cost to do so will exceed $1 million, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said the boat currently isn't posing a hazard to navigation, but it will need to be monitored.

The sunken boat, which appears to be the Alert, was one of two old military vessels featured in a December 2020 KATU report. The two vessels had been vandalized.

Thieves had also stolen boats owned by people on Hayden Island. Many of the residents had dubbed the thieves the “Pirates of the Columbia.”

Abandoned Boat Sinks in Columbia River
KATU, November 1, 2021

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