9 rescued after OSU crew team boat hits bridge pier during practice

CORVALLIS, Ore. - An Oregon State crew team boat hit a bridge pier Monday evening, sending all 9 students aboard into the Willamette River.

No one was seriously injured.

The $35,000 boat was a total loss.

The crash happened around 4:51 p.m. on the Willamette River at the Harrison Street Bridge.

The crash happened as the OSU crew team practiced on the river.

The 30-foot boat hit the pier around 4:51 p.m.

The impact sent all 9 students into the river. None of them had life jackets on; crew teams are exempt from personal flotation device laws, the sheriff's office said.

A coach in a prop-powered boat got all of the crew members out of the water.

One crew member complained of slight head pain from hitting the pier, but there were no other injuries, the sheriff's office said.

The crash and current wrapped the $35,000 carbon fiber boat around the pier. Marine deputies and crew team staff were able to free the boat, but it was torn in two.