NOAA ship damaged in Seattle grounding

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(SEATTLE) — A research vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hit bottom and a concrete wall Monday morning while passing through Montlake Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, The Seattle Times reported.

The incident, which resulted in damage to one of Rainier’s propellers, as well as hull dents and paint scrapes, remains under investigation, a NOAA spokesman said in an email to the newspaper.

No injuries were reported. The estimated cost of damage to the 231-foot ship remains unknown. 

The waterway, between Seattle’s Montlake and University District neighborhoods, connects Lake Washington and Lake Union.

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By Professional Mariner Staff