Federal investigators are set to release their final report on last summer’s deadly collision between a tour boat and a barge in the Delaware. The National Transportation Safety Board will release its findings during a public hearing today in Washington, D.C.
A preliminary NTSB report found the mate piloting the barge was on his cell phone dealing with a family emergency at the same time the duck boat was stalled in the busy shipping channel. The July 7 crash killed two Hungarian students sent 35 others aboard the duck boat into the Delaware River.
A federal criminal investigation is under way. The parents of the students killed also have a wrongful-death lawsuit pending against the city and others.
And in case you hadn’t noticed the amphibious vehicles around, Ride the Ducks has resumed its tours in the city.