Grain Ship Freed from Sand Bar
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It was a long night for Coast Guard and tug boat crews working to free a grain ship that ran aground in the Columbia river.
Just after 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 625-foot Liberty Glory was making a turn in the channel near Saint Helens, when it lost power and drifted onto a sand bar near Sauvie Island.
The ship had just left Portland and was fully loaded with 45,000 metric tons of wheat.
No one was injured, and no fuel or any other toxic substances leaked into the water.
Three tug boats were able to pull the ship free just before 3:30 a.m. on Friday.
The freighter will now be inspected for damage at the Port of Vancouver.
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