Jun 22,2007 00:00
Two men in their 50s were rescued Thursday afternoon when their boat ran aground in the middle of the Willamette River, but the vessel still remains stranded, stuck in the river’s bottom in shallow water, officials reported.
According to a news release, Firefighter Chad Cook swam to the stranded men, but the boat’s hull had dug so deep into the river bottom that the boat was unable to be moved.
The stranded boaters were assisted to shore and brought back to the dock. One of the men was treated for difficulty with breathing, but did not require transport to a medical facility, officials said.
The boat remains stuck in the middle of the river.