Red Bull event shut down after cruise liner hits boats in Portland river

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The United States Coast Guard prematurely shut down the Red Bull Flugtag event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday outraged boaters told talked what happened on the river was unacceptable.

“I’m not here to say we want to shut the Portland Spirit down, but what happened yesterday was really wrong,” parent Aspen Hunter said.

Around 3 p.m., the Coast Guard reportedly received notification from the Portland Spirit — a passenger cruise ship on the Willamette River — claiming it was unable to pass through because of boat traffic from the Redbull Flugtag event.

The event’s permit was subsequently revoked. Coast Guard Petty First Class Officer George Degener claimed it was Red Bull’s responsibility to make sure they didn’t disrupt commercial river traffic.

Lt. Nick Jarmer, a spokesperson with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, told KOIN 6 News there was at least one incident of the Portland Spirit coming into contact with another vessel. He described the incident as a minor “transfer of paint” between boats, and no injuries were reported.

But it was a different story on the water, where one family said they had to pull their children out of the pathway of the ship.

“We were trying to get the driver to stop, it wasn’t, it was just running into everything like it didn’t care,” 9-year-old Dylan Hunter said.

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