Whale slams sailboat near Astoria

ASTORIA, Ore. - Crewmembers from the sailing vessel Orca display pieces of whale flesh and a barnacle left aboard their boat after it was struck by a breaching whale near Astoria, Ore., May 12, 2011. The vessel and its crew were taking part in a race to Victoria, B.C., when the whale surfaced and were escorted to Astoria by a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment, Wash. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Shawn Eggert

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

ASTORIA, Ore. -- U.S. Coast Guard officials reports a whale damaged a sailboat near Astoria.

Portlander Ryan Barnes told USGS that the whale struck his father's 38-foot sailboat, the L'Orca.

Watch: Full interview with crew member

A Coast Guard lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. was able to help get the damaged boat back to port. The crew thinks it was a humpback whale and measured about 30-feet long.

USGS said the L'Orca and its crew were taking part in a race to Victoria, B.C. when the whale surfaced.

There were no reports of injuries.

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