CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Oregon State University Crew Team had to be rescued from the chilly Willamette River after a boating accident near Corvallis.
Nine students were rowing in a carbon fiber crew boat upriver from the Harrison Street Bridge when they struck a pier and everyone fell into the water.
No one was wearing a life jacket because they are not required on crew boats. But a coach was nearby in a power boat and was able to pull everyone from the water.
One crew member complained of slight head pain from hitting the pier, but there were no other injuries, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The boat, valued around $35,000, was torn in half and was a total loss.
The water in the Willamette River is currently running very high, fast, and cold.