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A Cleveland tiki barge operation says it has fired one of its captains for a Saturday afternoon crash that left 20 passengers tumbling like bowling pins when the tiki on pontoons slammed into a Cuyahoga River dining ship. Video of the crash (TURN THE SOUND ALL THE WAY UP! TRUST ME, IT’S GOOD) shows the captain going at full ramming speed right into the Nautica Queen.
A representative from the Cleveland Tiki Barge company told Cleveland.com Tuesday that the captain has been fired and will no longer operate company vessels. “Our purpose is to provide customers with a fun, safe experience on the water,” Brittany Orlando said.
TURN UP THE SOUND!
Take a look at this video showing the Tiki Barge slam into the back of the Nautica Queen. The coast guard is reportedly investigating the collision. pic.twitter.com/KkDNbLqKtu
— Austin Love (@AustinLoveTV) May 25, 2021
Cleveland.com reports one passenger was taken away by ambulance and other passengers were complaining about minor injuries that didn’t require a trip to the hospital.
Cleveland Tiki Barge boasts that it’s the city’s only floating tiki bar where passengers are allowed to bring their own drinks and go on a two-hour ride up and down the river that is best known for catching fire a few times over the years.
A large group barge rental starts at $700 and includes ice, coolers, a sound system for Pandora Yacht Rock, a bathroom, a designated driver (the captain who is supposed to steer away from giant ships, a bartender and all the scenery you can fit into a two-hour ride.