Unified Command Responds to Two Boats Hit on Cuyahoga River

CLEVELAND — The Unified Command responded to two boats being struck on the West Bank of the Flats at approximately 5:15 p.m. here today.

The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Fire Dept., Cleveland Police Dept., the Fire Boat Anthony J. Celebreeze and the Cleveland Harbor Master.

The Station Cleveland 25-foot response boat is on scene providing a safety zone to ensure safe travel of all boating traffic.

Motor Vessel Cuyahoga struck two boats while transiting up the Cuyahoga River, one boat was severely damaged and is submerged, and one received lesser damage and both were moored at the dock behind Shooters Night Club.

The submerged vessel has two large fuel tanks filled with gasoline and is currently sheening. The vessel has been boomed off and the Unified Command is evaluating the safest means to remove the gasoline.

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