This 738-foot vessel got stuck in a Columbia River sandbar on June 2, near Astoria. The 21-crew member vessel was reportedly carrying grain and approximately 318,000 gallons of fuel-oil.

The vessel has moved on, but for a time, the 738-foot Gorgoypikoos was stuck on a sandbar in the Columbia River.

The Coast Guard responded on Sunday, June 2, to the Miller Sands Bar, east of Tongue Point near Astoria, following the grounding.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received the call Sunday afternoon, that the Gorgoypikoos had run soft-aground, while transiting at 10 knots, due to a steering control malfunction.

The vessel had a crew of 21 and was reported to be carrying grain and approximately 318,000 gallons of fuel-oil.

The Coast Guard dispatched a federal investigator aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Cape Disappointment, as well as an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Astoria.

The Columbia River Pilots and Columbia River Bar Pilots, monitored traffic and issued restricted movements due to the stern of the vessel partially obstructing the channel.

Three tugboats arrived to assist the Gorgoypikoos, however the vessel was able to re-float itself during high tide on Monday, June 3, and continued to its original destination in Longview. No injuries or pollution were reported.


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