July 5, 2005

Fireworks barge sinks

Dispatch/Argus photo by Andy Costello

From a Dispatch/Argus story:

A barge used for the "Red, White and Boom" fireworks display between Rock Island and Davenport Sunday night began sinking as the show wrapped up, U.S. Coast Guard officials confirmed.

Around 10 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary got a call that the barge was taking on water, Jack Tumbleson said Monday. He is the public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 9.

The call came near the end of the fireworks event, he said. There were no reported injuries.

The barge was in the Mississippi River near the Modern Woodmen of America offices, off the downtown Rock Island shoreline, Mr. Tumbleson said.

A Blackhawk Fleet towboat took the barge, reportedly owned by RiverStone Group Inc., Moline, to a spot near the Arsenal Island shoreline, west of Lock and Dam 15, according to Robert Carter, night dispatcher for the Buffalo, Iowa, towing company.

Neither a RiverStone Group Inc. spokesperson nor organizers of "Red, White and Boom" could be reached for comment late Monday.

Now that's what I call showmanship. If only they could have mocked it up as the Titanic..... or perhaps in a historic call to patriotism, they could have decked it out as the battleship "Maine".
It appears that RiverStone didn't want to lend out their good stuff.


At 7/05/2005 11:40 AM, Blogger diehard said...

They could call it the USS Bob Imler.

At 7/05/2005 7:53 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


At 7/06/2005 6:38 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Uhoh - Bob Imler says they may not be able to actually spend money to dontate the barges. Now that this loaner cost some money -- they have to re-think their policy.

A billion dollar company? The company who owns more land than any other company in Illinois has to decide if they really want to spend money on their community???

What's it going to do, cut into Imler's expense account or something? He lives in Texas and lives in Moline and flies back and forth - plus he lives and works in Springfield as Director of sort for the IL Chamber.

Who is the CEO of Riverstone now? Imler??


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