Probe of Philly duck boat crash turns to tug crew

Sunday, July 11, 2010
A student from Hungary throws one of five wreaths into the Delaware River following a memorial service for Szabolcs Prem and Dora Schwendtner, Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Philadelphia. The two students from Hungary died in a collision between a tourist boat and a barge on Wednesday, July 7, on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Szabolcs Prem and Dora Schwendtner Szabolcs Prem and Dora Schwendtner Duck boat recovered from Delaware River after accident Duck boat accident on Delaware River

Federal investigators have been spending the weekend interviewing crew members of the tugboat towing a barge that struck an amphibious tourist boat, plunging three dozen people into a Philadelphia river in which two of them drowned.

Keith Holloway, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, says the 10-member team wants to know what the five crew members saw and heard during Wednesday's crash. Officials say one thing they want to know is whether the crew heard distress calls that the duck boat crew says were made.

Holloway said Sunday that investigators are also looking over the duck boat, which was pulled from the river Friday along with the bodies of two Hungarian students, for impact marks and signs of mechanical failure.

A memorial was held Saturday for the two victims. Thirty-three other passengers and two crew members were rescued.



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