Riverboat loses power, drifts from Nebraska to Iowa

Authorities say at least three people have been injured when a riverboat carrying 135 passengers struck a riverbank in Omaha, Nebraska, lost power and drifted across the Missouri River before coming to rest near a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Omaha police Sgt. Bill Dropinski tells the Omaha World-Herald ( ) that at least three people have been taken to hospitals, including a man who was transported to Creighton University Medical Center with a head injury. Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Officials say the River City Star riverboat was turning around shortly after 10 p.m. when it struck rocks on the Nebraska side of the river, lost power and drifted across the river to Council Bluffs.

Once the riverboat came to rest, firefighters helped passengers evacuate via a makeshift ramp onto the banks of the Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald,