Two Missing After Barge Tour Boat Accident on Delaware River

Thirty-five people were rescued, but two remain missing after a barge collided with a Ride the Ducks boat, an amphibious tour vehicle, in the Delaware River according to an article on Philly.com.

The Ducks boat was giving a tour on the river when an engine fire caused the boat’s engine to stall and die. The passengers and crew were waiting for a rescue boat to arrive when a large and unmanned barge, pushed by a tugboat, collided with the tour boat. Some of the passengers managed to put on life jackets just before the collision occurred. The tour boat capsized and sank to the bottom of the river.

Thirty-five of the passengers were rescued from the river, but two, a twenty-year-old man and a sixteen-year-old girl who were on the boat as part of a Hungarian tour group, were not found. Ten of the rescued tourists were rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where they were treated and released. None were seriously injured.

The barge is owned by the City of Philadelphia, but is operated by a contractor, K-Sea Transport. The barge transfers sludge from bio-fuels processing in the northeast part of the city to a recycling plant in southwest Philadelphia. The Ride the Ducks tour boat is owned by a company headquartered in Georgia, and is regularly inspected by Pennsylvania officials. The tour company has suspended operations of similar boats in several states pending investigation of the accident.

Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the Philadelphia boating accident thoroughly, fearing the risk of future incidents on the highly-traveled and fast-moving Delaware River. If you or a loved one has been injured while on vacation or touring, a negligent touring company or other party may be responsible for your injuries. An experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at Anapol Weiss can help you understand your rights after an accident and will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Call Anapol Weiss today at (866) 735-2792 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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