Belle of Louisville Runs Afoul of Ground, Sobriety (?)

Perhaps the biggest local news over the weekend was the Belle of Louisville’s apparent torpedoing at the hands of German U-Boats… What’s that you say, paper of record? Everyone was drunk? And we were not invited?

Key Belle of Louisville crew members have undergone required urine and toxicology tests to see if drugs or alcohol were factors when the steamboat struck a dry dock Saturday, injuring at least four passengers. …

The four passengers — out of about 280 on board — suffered what were described as minor injuries when they were knocked down by the impact of the Belle hitting a submerged dock belonging to McBride Towing at 5913 River Road.

The accident occurred as the Belle was turning around at the midway point of a public cruise. According to accounts by passengers and Belle officials, a gust of wind caught the boat, turned it in a circle and pushed it into the dock about a quarter-mile upriver from Harrods Creek. [via C-J]

While we still don’t know what in hell actually happened (it’ll be “weeks” before an “official” investigation is concluded), we think this is a good example of why it’s important to fight the terrorists over there so we don’t have to fight them here, on our own soil, which is already dangerous enough with runaway steamboats and children-powered hot air balloons.

One Comment

  1. Iza Hobag
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    That barge ran a red buoy. Call the HeavyHitter, Belle.