Transportation Safety Board releases preliminary duck boat report

    A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board tells WHYY’s Lizz Fiedler the NTSB may release its final report on the duck boat accident as early as this summer.

    This morning, NTSB released its preliminary report, which includes accident reports, the initial description of the accident and data from the Coast Guard.

    “Our first concern has always been the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew,” RTD President Chris Herschend said in a statement.  “In our 33-year-history of operation no one had ever been injured on the water prior to the July 7 accident. Following the accident, RTD voluntarily ceased operations out of respect for the families and victims of the tragedy.” Herschend will be taking questions from the press later this morning.

    Lizz Fiedler will have the full report on this stoy later.

    In the meantime, a lawyer for the families of Dora Schwendtner and Szabolcs Prem, who died in the July 7 accident, has set up a memorial website complete with news coverage of the accident.

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