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83 rescued after Ky. eatery floats downstream

Firefighters rescued 83 people from a floating waterfront restaurant that broke free from a pier on the flooded Ohio River on Friday, March 11, 2011.

March 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Firefighters rescued 83 people from a floating restaurant that broke free from a pier on the flooded Ohio River.

Crews used ladders and ropes to rescue those inside the restaurant, reportedly including former Cincinnati Bengals star Cris Collinsworth.

Authorities say Jeff Ruby's Waterfront restaurant drifted about 100 yards from the dock. A bridge stopped the restaurant from floating down the river any further.

The river had recently risen above flood stage after severe winter storms.

The National Weather Service said a flood warning was in effect for the Ohio River at Cincinnati next to Covington with the river at 4 a.m. local time at 55.3 feet - or 3.3 feet above flood stage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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