Oregon riverboat carrying 80 passengers runs aground

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard says a riverboat carrying 80 passengers ran aground near Portland but no one was injured.

The 87-foot Willamette Queen was being escorted by two Coast Guard vessels when it ran aground about 5:30 p.m. Sunday night at Oregon City.

A Coast Guard helicopter and two boats rushed to the scene and a tugboat successfully freed the sternwheeler and towed it to Willamette Park in Portland.

The Coast Guard says there were no injuries and the sternwheeler didn’t appear to have serious damage.

The boat carries thousands of people a year on cruises.

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