Edith Tripp motor vessel breaks free on the Ohio River

The Edith Tripp free floating down the Ohio River. Photo courtesy of Jaimie Jones, Meigs County EMA Director.

Edith Tripp motor vessel breaks free on the Ohio River

UPDATE – The Edith Tripp has been secured.

LONG BOTTOM, Ohio – A motor vessel, the Edith Tripp, broke loose near the Belleville Locks and has been free floating down the Ohio River. An attempt was made at Ravenswood with a fire department boat and another motor vessel from Valley Stone, but as of this publishing, the Edith Tripp was still moving down the Ohio River unmanned.

According to Meigs County Emergency Management Director Jaime Jones, the Edith Tripp (which is a single engine, single prop) had an empty barge above the Belleville Lock. The Edith Tripp encountered trouble, separating from the barge. The eight member crew was able to safely evacuate the motor vessel and make it to the Belleville Lock. The Edith Tripp and the barge struck the dam. The barge ended up stuck in a gate, but the Edith Tripp broke free and was being carried by the swift current of the flooded Ohio River.

Updates will be made as they become available.