CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT - A freighter struck a small boat at about 8:15 a.m. Monday east of the Astoria Bridge. The 737-foot Fu Le hit a 30-foot recreational boat when the smaller one lost power, Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie DeSanno said. A Columbia River bar pilot boat towed the small boat to shore. The small boat's hull was not significantly damaged. A marine safety officer from Portland will investigate.
Station Cape Disappointment responded to seven minor cases. A 40-foot fishing boat's engine caught fire at 11 a.m. Friday off of the Peninsula. Terry Hadley, of Seaside, extinguished the fire before two U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboats, from Grays Harbor and Cape Disappointment, reached the scene, McAloney said. Hadley, the only person aboard the Ida 2, was not injured.
During the fire, the boat lost power and communication with shore. Coast Guard crews lowered a radio to him from an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Later the boat was towed to shore.
In Long Beach, a person was riding a horse along the shore at about 2 p.m. Sunday, when the animal slipped and fell. Pacific County Sheriff's deputies responded and neither person nor horse was injured. Five people were reported in the water in Long Beach at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Pacific County Sheriff's deputies rescued them without injuries.