Someone apparently intentionally set adrift a loaded grain barge on the Columbia River Friday night that was to be unloaded at a terminal that has locked out longshoremen, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Monday.
The crew of a passing tug happened on the 252-foot-long barge, which was floating unlit and unmanned near a staging area between Portland and Vancouver. Tidewater Barge Lines Inc. staff members had reported the 42-foot-wide barge missing at about 10 p.m. Friday. The Lori B tug towed the barge back to a staging area near Hayden Island where it had been moored. To read more click here.