Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Collision damages Vevay gambling boat

The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Associated Press

        CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — A newly built casino boat en route to Indiana collided with a towboat early Monday on the Mississippi River at the Missouri Bootheel. No one was seriously hurt, but the casino boat was badly damaged.

        The riverboat was bound for Switzerland County, Ind., about 40 miles west of Cin cinnati. It was expected to open later this month and dramatically increase tax revenues in what is one of Indiana's poorest counties.

        Now, those plans are uncertain.

        The accident happened about 200 miles south of St. Louis. Ninety-one people aboard the Belterra casino boat, including crew members and construction workers, were rescued.

        Jim Brimhall, who coordinated the rescue for the Pemiscot County Emergency Response Team, said quick action by rescuers averted a catastrophe.

        “We could have had 100 bodies floating in the river,” Mr. Brimhall said.

        By late morning, the bottom of the boat sat on the river bed in shallow water near Caruthersville, not far from the Casino Aztar, a gambling boat that sits permanently docked there.

        An investigation is expected to take at least at week.

        The casino boat was recently built at a shipyard in Mobile, Ala., and was on its way to its permanent home near Vevay, Ind. It had been scheduled to open Aug. 21 as part of a $200 million resort and casino near the Markland Dam on the Ohio River, near Warsaw, Ky.

        Casino general manager John Spina said the opening will be delayed. “We just don't know how long that will be until we get more details,” he said.


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