River City Boat hits rocks near Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 09:12:45-04

On Friday night  at 10:16 pm, Council Bluffs offcials said their rescue and officers were dispatched to the Bob Kerry pedestrian foot bridge for a report of a boat that had stuck the bridge resulting in several passengers sustaining injuries.

Officials said the 63 foot boat was located on the Iowa side of the Missouri River and was disabled on the bank next to Tom Hanafans Rivers Edge Park.

Upon speaking with the crew, they explained the boat was north of the pedestrian bridge when it struck some rocks on the Nebraska side of the river bank.

Officials added that the boat lost its forward power capability, which caused it to drift in reverse underneath the pedestrian bridge. The boat never struck the pedestrian bridge according to the crew.

The 130 passengers and 5 crew members were on board and were all evacuated by Council Bluffs rescue.

Authorities say Three of the passengers were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

Since the accident occurred in Nebraska, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Departments nautical services team responded to conduct the investigation.

The investigation is considered on going.

Officials say the boat is owned by River City Star of  Omaha.