Portland boater congestion during Red Bull event lead to cruise ship collision, USCG terminates event permit.
Portland Spirit Cruises & Events Ship Portland Spirit Collided with Boaters of the Redbull Flugtag Event on the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon.
Saturday, August 1, 2015, cruise ship Portland Spirit was involved in a collision with boaters at the Red Bull Flugtag event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon. Live Portland Oregon Cruise Ship Tracker
Around 1500 hours the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was contacted by the captain of Portland Spirit regarding an incident.
The USCG said that they received notification from the Portland Spirit indicating the vessel was unable to pass through the congested river because of small boat traffic from the Redbull Flugtag event. See video for event highlights.
A collision resulted when Portland Spirit coasted into boaters with a “transfer of paint” resulting. Reports say boaters were able to push the Portland Spirit away from their boat using their hands and feet. You can can see in the photographs above, the river was very congested and a woman bend over the hull pushing Portland Spirit with her hands.