Barge crashes into Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club; dragging restaurant, boats up Ohio River


LEADING THE WAY ON BREAKING NEWS
– A BARGE HAS HIT THE
LUDLOW BR COLIN: BREAKING NEWS OUT OF
LUDLOW. A BARGE HIT THE YACHT CLUB AND
SEVERAL BOATS WERE DAMAGED. KELLY: LIVE TEAM COVERAGE ALL ON
BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER GETTING
THE LATEST INFO. WE START WITH ALEXIS ROGERS,
CLOSEST TO WHERE LUDLOW BROMLEY
USED TO SIT ON THE RIVER. REPORTER: EMERGENCY OFFICIALS
ARE STILL WORKING THE SCENE VERY
HARD. MORE AND MORE OWNERS ARE TRYING
TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SITUATION
IS. WE GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE
HEAD OF EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR
KENTON COUNTY, ALSO GOT A CHANCE
TO TALK TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE
AT LUDLOW. THEY TELL US THE YACHT CLUB WAS
COMPLETELY PUSHED UP THE
CHANNEL. SIX DIFFERENT BOATS HAVE BEEN
DESTROYED. THE COAST GUARD IS INTERVIEWING
THE BARGE OPERATOR. THERE IS SO MUCH DAMAGE, DEBRIS
IN THE WATER, THEY ARE TRYING TO
GET A HOLD OF THAT NOW,
ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY CLEARED
THE BOATS, THEY KNOW THAT NO ONE
WAS INJURED. THERE ARE NO FATALITIES. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
OF DAMAGE, RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE
TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. WE ASKED THEM ABOUT THE
RESTAURANT AND YACHT CLUB. BASED OFF OF WHAT THEY KNOW FROM
THE OWNER, HE DEFINITELY WILL
WORK HARD TO GET IT BACK TO
NORMAL AS HE CAN. THEY BELIEVE, BASED OFF THE
DAMAGE THEY HAVE SEEN, THEY WILL
NOT BE POSSIBLE THIS YEAR. HOPEFULLY, HE WILL BE ABLE TO
GET IT UP AND RUNNING NEXT
SEASON. OVERALL, THEY ARE HAPPY THERE
ARE NO INJURIES/FATALITIES. KELLY: THANK YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH THE
PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE OWNER. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
IN DAMAGE. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE A LOT OF
PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE
RIVER GO TO VISIT. HAVE YOU SEEN FOLKS COMING DOWN
JUST TO SEE THE DAMAGE IN A
PLACE THEY KNOW AND LOVE? REPORTER: PLENTY OF PEOPLE,
PEOPLE CHECKING ON FRIENDS
BOATS, BECAUSE MAYBE THE FRIENDS
ARE OUT OF TOWN. THAT IS AN INVESTMENT, IF YOU
THINK ABOUT IT. A LOT OF MEMORIES ON THOSE
BOATS. ONE PERSON SAID THEY KEPT THEIR
BOAT HERE FOR THREE YEARS. ANOTHER PERSON SAYING THEY HAVE
BEEN COMING DOWN HERE FOR
DECADES, TRYING TO ENJOY THE
WATER. IT IS ALSO KEY TO UNDERSTAND THE
TORAHS AND POINT OF THIS. I ASKED THE CHIEF, WHAT HAPPENS
IF THEY CANNOT GET THIS BACKUP? — THE TOURISM POINT OF THIS. THIS BRINGS IN A LOT OF CAPITAL
FOR LUDLOW BECAUSE SO MANY
PEOPLE ENJOY IT. THEY ARE KEEPING THEIR EYES ON
THIS FROM MANY DIFFERENT ANGLES. COLIN: THEY STAPLE, NO DOUBT
WHERE YOU LIVE BUT IF YOU LIVE
IN THE TRI-STATE AREA, YOU KNOW
ABOUT LUDLOW BROMLEY YACHT CLUB. KELLY: ALL OF US HAVE BEEN THERE
AT SOME POINT. BRINGING A LOT OF PEOPLE THROUGH
THE AREA, STOPPING TO GET GAS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. COLIN: A LOT OF PEOPLE GO
THROUGH THAT AREA. ANDREW SETTERS MONITORING THE
OHIO SIDE. HE HAS A GREAT PERSPECTIVE OF
HOW LARGE THE SCENE IS AND HOW
BIG THE BARGES. — BARGE IS. ANDREW: IT IS SIZABLE. THE THING WE FOCUS ON NOW IS,
THE MARINA SECTION. ON THE SIDE OF THE RIVER WHERE
ALEXIS IS, WE ARE SEEING THE
OPPOSITE VIEW. THERE WAS A BUILDING THERE, A
TENTLIKE TOP 10 BUILDING, MAKING
ITS WAY INTO THE BUILDING. IT SOME QUITE A BIT — IT SUNK
QUITE A BIT OVER THE LAST TWO
HOURS. THIS IS SOMETHING NOT JUST AN
ISSUE OF TRYING TO SECURE THESE
BUILDINGS AND PIECES OF DOCK AND
EVERYTHING BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO
RAISE THAT BACKUP. YOU GET INTO ENVIRONMENTAL
CONCERNS. THAT IS A REAL CONCERN FOR THE
PEOPLE INVESTIGATING THIS AS
THIS UNFOLDED THIS MORNING. A BARGE HIT THIS AND RIPPED THE
YACHT CLUB IN HALF. COLIN: A LOT OF QUESTIONS
SWIRLING ABOUT HOW THIS
HAPPENED. COAST GUARD HAS BEEN ON SCENE
SPEAKING TO THE BARGE OPERATOR
NOW. TALK TO US ABOUT THE TRAFFIC YOU
HAVE SEEN UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING POSSIBLY
THEY COULD BE MONITORING TRAFFIC
ON THE RIVER, IT IS NOT SHUTDOWN
MY NOW? — SHUT DOWN RIGHT NOW? ANDREW: WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY
TRAFFIC OTHER THAN VESSELS THAT
APPEAR TO BE CONNECTED TO THIS
INVESTIGATION. THE TUG SEPARATE FROM THE TUG
PUSHING THESE BARGES, MAKING ITS
WAY AROUND THIS MORNING. SEVERAL BOATS TANGLED UP IN THE
BARGE AND THE RESTAURANT
BUILDING ALSO ATTACHED. THIS IS A BIG THOROUGHFARE FOR
COMMERCE FOR THIS PART OF THE
COUNTRY. OBVIOUSLY, THAT IS A LARGE BARGE
MAKING ITS WAY ALONG THE RIVER
THIS MORNING. A LOT OF CARGO GOES THROUGH
HERE. ANY SHUTDOWN OF THE RIVER BEGINS
TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON COMMERCE IN
THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY,
CERTAINLY. AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH
THIS INVESTIGATION, THEY WILL BE
WORKING TO GET THINGS OPENED
BACKUP, NOT ONLY FOR THE YACHT
CLUB BUT FOR THE RIVER ITSELF. COLIN: THANK YOU. WE WILL GET BACK WITH THEM SOON. KELLY: WE SAW JUST HOW FAR THE
YACHT CLUB WAS PUSHED TOWARD
CINCINNATI WITH THE BARGE. MEGAN MITCHELL IS CLOSER TO THE
CITY WITH PERSPECTIVE FROM THE
RIVER. YOU ARE REALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF
THIS, SEEING HOW THAT RESTAURANT
AND THE BOATS WERE PULLED ALONG
WITH THE BARGE. REPORTER: I’M THE LOCATION A LOT
OF PEOPLE ARE COMING TO SEE,
JUST HOW DAMAGED THEIR BOAT WAS. I’M HERE WITH FOLKS WHOSE BOATS
ARE ON THE BARGE, CONNECTED WITH
THE YACHT CLUB AND THE DOCK. THE BIGGEST THING THEY SAY IS,
THANK GOODNESS THIS WAS NOT ON A
WEEKEND. EVERYONE SLEEPS ON THEIR BOATS
ON WEEKEND NIGHTS. THEY HAPPY NO ONE WAS HURT. IT IS A TIGHTKNIT FAMILY. IT IS REALLY ABOUT 10 FAMILIES
THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR DECADES
NOW. IT IS A COMMUNITY ON THIS YACHT
CLUB. THE BIGGEST QUESTION THEY ARE
WONDERING IS IF THEY ARE GOING
TO REBUILD. THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR
BOATS. WITH INSURANCE, THINGS CAN BE
WORKED OUT BUT THEY ARE REALLY
NOT SURE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AND
THE FAMILY FEEL ASPECT OF THIS
PLACE BECAUSE THE OWNER IS
GETTING OLDER. THEY ARE CONCERNED MAYBE THEY
WILL NOT REBUILD. THEY SAY THIS PLACE IS SECOND IN
BEER SALES TO GREAT AMERICAN
BALL PARK. YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW MANY PEOPLE
COME HERE ALL THE TIME, NOT JUST
THOSE FAMILIES. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO THE
COMMUNITY HERE ON THE KENTUCKY
SIDE. EVEN OHIO SIDE, AND THE LAST
COUPLE MONTHS, I HAVE BEEN HERE
THREE TIMES. IT IS GREAT THAT EVERYONE HAS A
PLACE TO GO ON THE RIVER. THE FACT THAT YOU SEE HALF THE
RESTAURANT ON THIS BARGE, WAY
PAST WHERE IT SHOULD BE, ABOUT A
FOOTBALL FIELD DOWN, THAT IS
REALLY JARRING. IT IS A SAD SCENE TO SEE. EVEN ONE OF THE FOLKS I TALKED
TO SAID HE WAS GOING TO TAKE HIS
BOAT, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IS
CONNECTED HERE TO THIS BARGE, HE
WAS GOING TO TAKE IT TO FLORIDA
WITH HIM. HE IS GOING IN TWO WEEKS. HE IS CONCERNED IF THAT WILL
HAPPEN OR NOT, WHAT THE
INSURANCE LOOKS LIKE FOR HIM BUT
OF COURSE THIS HAS MESSED UP A
LOT OF PLANS FOR PEOPLE AND A
LOT ARE COMING TO SEE JUST HOW DAMAGED THEIR BOATS WERE. WE USE OUR CAMERA TO HELP HIM
GET A CLOSER PERSPECTIVE. WLWT. KELLY: THANK YOU. JUST INCREDIBLE. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT TRANSPIRE. THE ONE PART THAT WAS STILL DOWN
WHERE LUDLOW BROMLEY INITIALLY
WAS SITTING ON THE OHIO RIVER,
WE SAW THE ECHO UNDERWATER. — THAT GO UNDERWATER. THE WHOLE CHUNK OF THE
RESTAURANT CARRY DOWN THE RIVER. A LOT OF FOLKS IMPACTED, TRYING
TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH DAMAGE
WAS DONE TO THEIR BOATS. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE IMPACTED
BY THIS. COLIN: IT COULD IMPACT THE
COMMUNITY. HOPEFULLY THEY CAN GET UP ASA

One Reply to “Barge crashes into Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club; dragging restaurant, boats up Ohio River”

  1. Is anyone reporting on why the Barge went astray and drove into the Yacht Club? Also, there are 15 Barges attached is that legal and normal??

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