No one was injured when a floating restaurant broke away from its moorings along the Ohio River on February 3 and was swept more than a half mile downstream.
Skipper’s River Cafe and Steamboat Marina in New Richmond, Ohio, had closed in preparation for relocating about 50 miles upstream in Maysville, Ky. The owners were disconnecting a dock from the restaurant when they said something went wrong.
New Richmond Fire & EMS reported on social media that it dispatched two rescue boats along with fire engines and medics to the 300 block of Susanna Way at 5 p.m. for what was originally called out to be a disabled boat.
Upon arrival, the fire chief updated dispatch that it was actually the restaurant floating down the river. The fire department launched boats from the Augusta Boat Ramp to assist restaurant owners in removing the restaurant and docks from the channel and securing them to the riverbank.
New Richmond Fire & EMS was assisted by Clermont County Dispatch, the Pierce Township Fire Department, City of Cincinnati Fire Department Boat 3, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Caption for photo: Skipper’s River Cafe and Steamboat Marina floats downstream on the Ohio River February 3. (Photo courtesy of New Richmond Fire & EMS)