Thanks to Umpqua River Haven friend, George, for this video!
The video below shows Oregon commercial fishing boats returning to port with their catch. They are crossing the Columbia Bar where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.
The Columbia Bar is stamped one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in the world. Eight to ten deaths occur here every year due to boats attempting to cross that are not designed for this kind of what amounts to abuse of a vessel.
The fishing boats are self-righting, have a low center of gravity with sealed engine compartments, bullet proof glass, and double steel hulls. Made for the beating waves. Additionally the captains of these vessels are well seasoned at piloting through the bar.
Due to the 35 to 45 foot waves the Coast Guard has closed this crossing to any boats other than the commercial shrimp and fishing boats you will see here.
What a ride!!!
Did you send an attachment for the Video? I don’t see how to get it. Wow, it sounds like something pretty wild & dangerous. Marg
On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM, Adventures along the Umpqua River and the Oreg
Marg: Under the words “What a ride!” is the video. Just click on the right arrow in the middle of the picture of the boat on the water and the video will run for you.