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Coast Guard monitoring grounded ship in Columbia River

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The motor vessel Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier sits aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington. (Photo: US Coast Guard) The motor vessel Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier sits aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington. (Photo: US Coast Guard)
The Sparna reportedly hit a submerged object outbound of the Columbia River and took on water in void spaces, but the vessel's fuel tanks were not damaged. (Photo: US Coast Guard) The Sparna reportedly hit a submerged object outbound of the Columbia River and took on water in void spaces, but the vessel's fuel tanks were not damaged. (Photo: US Coast Guard)
CATHLAMET, WA (KPTV) -

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a vessel that ran aground in the Columbia River shipping channel early Monday morning.

Coast Guard officials said the 623-foot fully loaded bulk carrier Sparna ran aground around 12:16 a.m. in the narrow section of the river near Cathlamet, Washington.

Officials said the Sparna was fully loaded with grain and heading west towards the ocean before it was grounded.

Responders said that no oil from the ship appears to be leaking into the water at this time.

The Coast Guard plans to launch a helicopter at first light to survey the scene.

Two tugboats were dispatched to the scene to help keep the Sparna stabilized, according to an official release.

The Coast Guard along with the Washington Department of Ecology and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality have responded to the situation.

The channel has not been closed to boat traffic.

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