2 hurt when Channel Cat slams dock

Posted Online: Aug. 09, 2014, 11:11 pm
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com
BETTENDORF -- The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon that sent two children to the hospital.

Lt. j.g. Michael Lewis with the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Quad Cities said the accident happened about 4:40 p.m. Saturday when the Channel Cat 2 "came in for a landing" at the Isle of Capri Casino Landing and "they came in a little hard" and hit the dock.

"There were a couple of head injuries" with two children, Mr. Lewis said, adding that one child was transported from the scene to an area hospital while the parents of the other child drove on their own.

Mr. Lewis said he did not know the children's ages or the severity of their injuries, but any time there is an accident with injuries where people go to the hospital, "it's a big deal," he said. "We are taking it very seriously."

Mr. Lewis said the captain who was driving the Channel Cat on Saturday is licensed by the Coast Guard, which is investigating the accident and working with Celebration River Cruises, which manages the Channel Cat, to address any issues that could have contributed to the accident "to prevent it from happening again."

Some other passengers on board the Channel Cat received "very minor injuries," Mr. Lewis said.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation Saturday night, he said.

A call to Celebration River Cruises for comment was not returned Saturday night.


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