Fire crews avoid vessel capsizing on Multnomah Channel
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.
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.
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