Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This Bayliner vessel, owned by John Herrin out of the Tri-Cities area, ran aground late Thursday night after the pilot strayed too far from the shipping channel and struck the Hood River sandbar, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported. Deputy Quintin Nelson said Herrin was returning to the Tri-Cities after a trip to the ocean when the accident occurred, which caused no injuries nor any damage to the boat. Nelson said that Herrin owns his own excavation company and was able to rent an excavator and dig out his own boat after deputies contacted the Department of State Lands, which has jurisdiction over the sandbar. The boat had no impact on recreation at the sandbar, as kiteboarders and dog-walkers went about their daily business, with a few pausing to watch the work unfold.