Collinsworth among 83 rescued when floating restaurant floated away

Our NBC colleague Cris Collinsworth, former Bengals receiver, Emmy-winning Sunday Night Football analyst, and proprietor of FootballPros.com, had some tense moments on the Ohio River last night.

Per the Associated Press, Collinsworth and 82 other patrons went for an involuntary ride after Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant broke free from a pier and floated down the flood-level waterway.

The restaurant, which exists on a barge, traveled 85-to-100 feet before coming to rest at a bridge.

A rear line held the barge in place until emergency personnel could arrive.

“As the barge started to float downriver, the rear line came around the front of the pier and it put tension on it and held it,” Covington Fire Department Capt. Chris Kiely said.  “The worst thing that could have happened is the barge could have swung out in the current, but luckily the line held.”

Emergency crews rescued the patrons one by one, strapping life jackets onto each person and removing them via “precariously perched ladders and ropes.”

We’ve sent an e-mail to Cris seeking confirmation that he was on the barge.  He posted an item at FootballPros.com moments ago without mentioning the ordeal.

36 responses to “Collinsworth among 83 rescued when floating restaurant floated away

  1. He posted an item at FootballPros.com moments ago without mentioning the ordeal.
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    Just a crazy thought, but mnaybe he just wants to, ummmm… talk about FOOTBALL, and leave his personal life, you know, “personal”?

  2. In other equally important news, former Saints QB Bobby Hebert misplaced his car keys and spent a harrowing ten minutes unable to drive to the grocery store.

  3. If it’s the same place, I had some fun nights at that place back in the late 80’s/ early 90’s when he and Boomer were playing for Bengals. If I’m not mistaken, Esiason was a partner in the original development that operated under a different name.

  4. “We’ve sent an e-mail to Cris seeking confirmation that he was on the barge. He posted an item at FootballPros.com moments ago without mentioning the ordeal.”

    Chris obviously “digs” football.

  5. Egads! Wouldn’t want to try that restaurant. When I take a dinner cruise, leaving the dock is a planned event. As a Steelers fan, never thought I’d say this, but I like Collinsworth. He’s a good announcer, knowledgeable, and reasonably objective. Glad he’s okay.

  6. or·deal Noun /ôrˈdēl/
    Synonyms:
    noun: trial

    ordeals plural
    – A painful or horrific experience, esp. a protracted one
    +the ordeal of having to give evidence
    – An ancient test of guilt or innocence by subjection of the accused to severe pain, survival of which was taken as divine proof of innocence

    Can you please use words properly? This would have been a fun little event to bring a little excitement to an otherwise boring day. The events these people may have been a little scary to those who never experienced anything actually scary before. Still, there was nothing about this event that could be described as a test, painful or horrific. Nor was it protracted or even significant.

    The people of Honshu know what an ordeal is. The passengers of this posh restaurant may know – but not because of last night’s adventure. In the words of my son who is recovering from cancer treatment, “come on man, really?!”

  7. if Judge David Doty realizes the union ignored a fair offer from the league just to get the court involved, he may just issue a ruling that is not favorable to the sham decertification process.
    I happen to think the leverage will be back with the owners very soon

  8. Our NBC colleague Cris Collinsworth, former Bengals receiver, Emmy-winning Sunday Night Football analyst, and proprietor of FootballPros.com
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    What are you his publicist?….

  9. Did anyone check the bathrooms for Fred Smoot, other former Vikings, and out of state hookers?

  10. The restaurant didn’t actually float away. It was more a case of the earth continuing to rotate while the restaurant didn’t. Collinsworth’s contention remains that the earth revolves around him and this is just more proof.

  11. “I’ve always found “Body language” to be a funny term, whaddaya mean?…your body talks?”

  12. Collinsworth will likely try to turn the incident into a new reality show. Is there a guy on the planet who has as little talen on and the off the field, who is a bigger self-promoter?

  13. ajaxonford:

    Did you mean Las Brisas – named and fashioned after the famous Mexican resort?

    I remember Esisason and his wife would occasionally make an appearance on Sunday night after home games.

  14. Has anyone questioned the whereabouts of Phill Simms last night? He could be a suspect in this case.

  15. Is this the place right after you cross a bridge? Kind of under the bridge iirc? Not far from the stadium? The place that puts enough Cilantro in its soup so that you can never eat anything with it again?

  16. Foxworthy says…

    If you go to restaurants that float freely down a river…you might be a redneck!

  17. good things turds float. Had he been on a boat in japan, this would be a newsworthy story,floating on a tied up barge 100 ft. on the ohio river not so treacherous compared to whats going on in the Pacific.

  18. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    “Egads! Wouldn’t want to try that restaurant. When I take a dinner cruise, leaving the dock is a planned event.”

    Remember the old “Pilot House” on the Wharf?
    It was tied up there for years, until it sank…

  19. Josey Wales: “Well, Mr. Collinsworth. We got somethin’ in this territory called the Ohio boat ride.”

    [shoots the rope holding the restaurant in place]

  20. @Deb –

    “Egads! Wouldn’t want to try that restaurant. When I take a dinner cruise, leaving the dock is a planned event. As a Steelers fan, never thought I’d say this, but I like Collinsworth. He’s a good announcer, knowledgeable, and reasonably objective. Glad he’s okay.”

    If that’s The Waterfront(which I’m relatively sure it is)I’ve been there a few times. It’s an amazing atmosphere, great view, live piano bar, and friendly service. However at roughly $100 per meal (appetizer, salad, steak entree, and a couple beers) the food isn’t as good as other fairly equivalent restaurants I’ve been to. Granted, even though there’s really not much in Indianapolis that has that kind of flash, I’ve had better steak dinners for about half the price.

    Also, I don’t mind Collisworth on TV, but he annoys me on Madden.

  21. @thebigolddog –

    That’s the one. They also over char their steak, in my opinion.

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