Freighter Freed On Columbia Riverby Staff
KOIN, January 7, 2005
Nearly 259,000 Gallons Of Heavy Oil Are Onboard
PORTLAND -- A 528-foot freighter was freed Friday morning after being grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington.
Four commercial tug boats waited for high tide Friday morning to re-float the freighter.
It was grounded Thursdy night about 10 p.m. The Coast Guard and other response personnel responded.
The Global Challenger grounded near Pillar Point Range at River Mile 30 while transiting upriver on the Columbia River.
There were nearly 259,000 gallons of heavy oil and about 56,000 gallons of diesel onboard. Vessel personnel say none of the oil or diesel got in the water.
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