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UPDATE: Valley Gem freed from sand bar

Valley Gem gets stuck on sand bar.
Valley Gem gets stuck on sand bar.(Cathy Mossack Beaver)
Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 9:45 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 6/28/2021

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - After being stuck on a sand bar Sunday night, the Valley Gem bas been freed.

The sternwheeler became stuck likely as a result of low water, and the boat was stuck on the sandbar.

Passengers were evacuated, and there were no injuries. No damage to the boat was reported, according to a Valley Gem representative.

The sternwheeler is expected to return to its normal schedule on the river Monday. View the video below, and scroll down for the original story.

Posted by Cathy Mossack Beaver on Sunday, June 27, 2021

ORIGINAL STORY: 6/27/2021

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Authorities said a sternwheeler is stuck near the Devola Dam Sunday night.

Devola Volunteer Fire Company Chief Harold Newlan said the Valley Gem is stuck on a sand bar.

He said the Marietta Fire Department has its boat in the water assisting.

Newlan said “it was his understanding” that passengers had been removed from the Valley Gem and crews are working on getting the sternwheeler unstuck.

We are working on getting more information. Keep with us as we learn more.

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