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Hydraulic Fluid Spilled Into Columbia

From Staff And Wire Reports

The U.S. Coast Guard reported 480 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled into the Columbia River from a cruise ship.

No injuries to wildlife were reported. Coast Guard Lt. Chris Curatilo said the fluid was too dispersed in the river for any of it to be recovered.

The spill occurred when a hydraulic system seal gave way at 8:50 p.m. Sunday aboard the “Queen of the West” sternwheeler. The vessel was about 10 miles east of Hood River at the time.

The vessel dropped anchor and waited for a tow into the port at Hood River. The 137 passengers on board all returned safely to shore.

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