Unmanned Houseboat Drifts 165 Miles

March 2015 News Web Exclusive

You’ve heard of runaway dogs, but have you ever heard of a runaway houseboat?

One unfortunate owner just discovered his houseboat was ripped from its pier in Madison County, Ky., most likely this past Friday night, according to Kentucky.com. It quietly drifted down the Kentucky River to the Ohio River during Saturday and Sunday, according to Tommy Russell, the director of Frankfort and Franklin County Emergency Management.

This is more risky than it sounds, as there are some low-level bridges between the slip and the Ohio River. Russell and the Franklin County officials were nervous the houseboat would either hit one of the county’s nine bridges where the clearance was low or crash into the bridge pilings. As luck would have it, the higher river levels and debris left from the latest winter storm successfully corralled the houseboat towards the middle of the river, where it stayed out of harm’s way.

While people like Russell keep in touch with the houseboat’s health and whereabouts, the houseboat’s owner hired a specialized salvage company to retrieve it back, according to emergency management officials.

So far, the houseboat has traveled over165 miles from its moorings. That's quite an adventure for a captain-less houseboat!

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