Three people were injured after a wave hit their 26-foot boat Monday in the Columbia River.
Four people were entering the river channel near Buoy 7, when fog disoriented them. The boat was near Peacock Spit, when a large breaking wave struck the boat, said Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson of U.S. Coast Guard District 13.
As a hatch smashed through the boat's windshield, 36-year-old Norm Smith, of Log Beach, Wash., his son and daughter-in-law sustained cuts and bruises. His son Norman Smith III, age unknown, bruised his ribs. Their 11/2-year-old child was not injured.
Smith drove the vessel away from the spit and hailed a Coast Guard motor life boat, which escorted them to Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash.
They were treated and released, said Bob Coster, civilian employee at Air Station Astoria.
Also, a cargo ship grounded for about one-half hour at Wauna Tuesday night, Coster said. The 655-foot Greiebe Arrow, homeported in the Bahamas, became stuck in mud and sand at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and the boat cleared a few minutes after midnight. It headed out to sea and crossed the bar safely, Coster said.