Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Jan. 20, 2021

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Bulk carrier runs aground in Columbia River near Fisher Island


LONGVIEW — A bulk carrier headed to Port Angeles from Vancouver got stuck in the Columbia River Wednesday afternoon between Fisher and Walker islands.

MarineTraffic, an online ship tracking provider, listed the OTZIAS as aground around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and an area resident reported seeing the ship stuck in the river. The cargo ship left the Port of Vancouver around 9:45 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Port Angeles by 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the website.

A tugboat arrived around 3 p.m. and was later joined by another tug and a third, smaller vessel to help pull the ship out of the shallow part of the river. The operation was helped along by a rising tide in the evening, though the OTZIAS was still marked as aground as of 6 p.m.

It was not immediately clear how the ship’s journey would be affected, and representatives with the U.S. Coast Guard could not be reached for comment.