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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS -- NEWS RELEASE 06/14/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a 40ft Sinking Boat Leaking Fuel



June 14, 2011

11:53 am

Portland Fire & Rescue responded at 9:25 am to reports of a sinking boat at Staff Jennings Marina, located at 8240 SW Macadam Avenue.

Upon arrival, crews found that a 40 foot privately owned boat had sunk. Currently, there is gasoline and some oil leaking into the water of the Willamette River.  The leak appears to be small. 

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 21 Fireboat is on-scene alongside the Coast Guard to assess the situation. Private contractors are working to raise the boat from the water.

"Potentially boats of these sizes can be carrying hundreds of gallons of gasoline so we're trying to minimize the impact of the environment by primarily addressing the leakage and then responding to environmental impacts,” notes Public Information Officer Paul Corah. “We are now putting out a boom and materials to absorb the oil and gasoline from the water.  If all goes smoothly, the private contractor should be able to raise the boat completely by the end of this afternoon.”

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   June 14, 2011


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