Nine members of OSU's men's rowing team rescued after boat smashes into bridge support

Coach in powerboat helped rescue students

A $35,000 crew boat was totaled and nine members of the Oregon State University men's rowing team were rescued when the vessel smashed into a bridge support on the Willamette River.
 
The accident happened Monday afternoon as several boats were on the river, which was running high and fast because of recent rains. The 30-foot vessel wrapped around a pier at the Harrison Street Bridge.
 
Three team members started drifting downstream, and the others clung to the wrecked craft. A coach in a powerboat helped rescue the students. No serious injuries were reported.
 
Crew boats are exempt from requirements that call for life jackets aboard recreational vessels.
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