2 Missing After Barge Hits Duck Boat

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July 8, 2010


A Coast Guard rescue vessel sits in the middle of the Delaware River. The barge that hit a duck boat can be seen behind it. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)


Two tourists remain missing tonight after a city-owned barge hit an amphibious duck boat as it plied the Delaware River off Penns Landing.

Philly.com – Police divers were searching for a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, both tourists from Hungary, who were among 37 women and children plunged into the water.

The unaccounted for passengers are feared to have been caught in the wreckage of the duck boat which sank in 40-feet of water.

Thirty-five passengers survived with minor injuries and were recovered by police, fire, and Coast Guard vessels.

The crash, at 2:39 p.m., occurred off Columbus Boulevard near Chestnut Street. A Coast Guard Lt. Commander said there was no record of a distress call from the duck boat.

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