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Scappoose and Sauvie Island firefighters responded to a 85-foot vessel taking on water on Thursday.

COURTESY: SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scappoose Fire District responded to a vessel taking on water on Thursday, Jan. 6 First responders with the Scappoose Fire District and Sauvie Island Fire District were able to avert a vessel capsizing on the Multnomah Channel on Thursday, Jan. 6.COURTESY: SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scappoose Fire District personnel patch holes in a boat that was taking on water.

The fire districts responded to a call of an 85-foot long vessel taking on water shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Two of the three bulkheads, or sections of the boat, were taking on water, crews found when they arrived, the Scappoose Fire District said in a news release.

First responders used two trash pumps to remove water from two of the flooded holds, then located two holes.

With assistance from Ace Hardware in Scappoose, crews were able to get plugs to stop both leaks, according to the Scappoose Fire District.

The boat's owner, who was on-site when first responders arrived, was evacuated and placed in a hotel for the night pending repairs to the vessel.COURTESY: SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Two of three bulkheads were filled with water when Scappoose Fire District responded on Thursday afternoon.


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