A cabin cruiser under tow started taking on water Monday in the Columbia River and ended up stuck, partially submerged, near the Oregon bank.
The 26-foot boat was mired near Kelley Point, across the river from Vancouver Lake.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to assess if there was any fuel aboard the vessel that could pose an environmental threat, and crew members saw a light sheen of oil, though the owner claimed there was no fuel aboard.
According to a news release, the Coast Guard hired a salvage firm to respond to salvage the craft and clean up any pollution.
The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident by a third party but was able to track the owner of the vessel, who said he abandoned it when it started to take on water while being towed.
The owner’s name was not disclosed.