March 12th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Patrons rescued after floating eatery breaks free in Ohio

Customers at a Cincinnati waterfront restaurant got taken for a harried ride after the eatery broke free of its moorings, according to local media reports.

The Waterfront Restaurant traveled several feet down the Ohio River on Friday before being lodged under the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, CNN affiliate WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported.

Patrons were rescued when firefighters created a makeshift ramp and attached it to the barge, according to WLWT. A safety cable prevented the boat from floating down the river.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which involved about 150 patrons, according to CNN affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati.

Owner Jeff Ruby told WKRC that when he arrived at the scene Friday night it took him 30 minutes to persuade rescuers to let him aboard the barge.

Ruby said engineers would investigate the cause of the incident, according to WKRC.

WKRC said the Ohio River is about three feet above flood stage, which likely played a role in the incident.

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  1. Cesar

    At least they're off the hook, they don't have to tip.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • DerrickF

      Not the waiters anyhow, but I'm sure many of them wouldn't mind losing a few bucks to the fire department!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • nikolrenee

      yea, because obviously if the restaurant was floating the waiters weren't doing their jobs and DONT have bills to pay like normal people.

      March 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ME

    A FREE meal.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Lord, this is crazy!

    Bet those Cincinnati citizens are appreciating those firemen right now...

    Hope the rest of Ohio is taking notice...especially the politicos....

    March 12, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony Montana

      get lost union freak

      March 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elvis

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

    March 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sees All Evil

    Hey toni montana union rocks gop/peeparty sux azz and so do you. STFU azzmunch!

    March 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brutus

    Ashame the eatery did not sink. Life insurance can pay up to $750,000 and beyond per head. Who wouldn't want to have an annoying in-law knocked out with a monetary bonus?

    March 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @Tony Montana:

    Bite me.

    March 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sergeant2

    Ah yes the Waterfront Restaurant in Cincinnati, where all pretentious, obnoxious and trendy D-Bags go where the guys wear their trendy little Justin Timberlake hats and all the girls have big hair, fake boobs and $ signs in their eyes. No need to worry no one would have drowned, plastic floats.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth

    The restaurant is located in Covington Ky not Cincinnati and it doesn't take an emer for Cincy or Ky residents to show our appreciation,can't say the same for the politicians–they eat their young!

    March 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Truth is right...thanks for setting the record straight...kind of makes Sergeant2's rant look a bit silly, no?

    March 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    You tell them banasy, you tell them!

    March 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Go girl

    March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |