PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Seven people were rescued by the US Coast Guard on the Columbia River Saturday afternoon after their boat crashed and began to take on water.
Authorities said the boat was rounding Kelley Point Park in North Portland on the Columbia River when it hit the wing dam—a man-made barrier that extends partially into the river to reduce erosion. The dam is typically visible, but due to higher water levels, it was harder to see, according to a report from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
The collision cracked the hull and the boat began to take on water.
Crews were able to safely rescue the six adults and one child. A coast guard boat brought everyone back to shore. The owners of the boat will be responsible for towing it from the river.