Ship’s crew rescues eagle from Columbia River

The eagle rescued from the Columbia River by a ship crew peeks out of a cardboard box after being handed over to an Oregon State Police trooper, May 29, 2014. (Twitter/Oregon State Police)

ASTORIA, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The crew of a ship coming from Astoria rescued an eagle they saw floating in the Columbia River on Thursday.

The eagle rescued from the Columbia River by a ship crew is placed in a cardboard box before being handed over to an Oregon State Police trooper, May 29, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Tumbarello)
The eagle rescued from the Columbia River by a ship crew is placed in a cardboard box before being handed over to an Oregon State Police trooper, May 29, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Tumbarello)

Captain Len Tumbarello was manning a 180-foot ship named “Ironwood” from Tongue Point Job Corps Center located just east of Astoria when he said his crew spotted an eagle in the river.

Tumbarello said they rescued the bird, which wasn’t able to fly, put it in a cardboard box and then gave it to an Oregon State Police Trooper Jim O’Conner.

The eagle, which OSP’s Twitter account identified as “Salty,” was then taken to a nearby rehab center.

The current condition of the eagle was not known.

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