September 12, 2010
Operator of towboat that struck DUKW refuses NTSB interview
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the July 7, 2010 incident that cost the lives of two passengers aboard a Ride the Ducks amphibious passenger boat.
The accident occurred at about 2:36 pm, July 7 when the 250- foot-long empty sludge barge The Resource, which was being towed alongside by the 75.5 foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, collided with the anchored amphibious small passenger vessel the DUKW 34 in the Delaware River, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On board the DUKW 34, operated by Ride the Ducks, were 35 passengers and two crew members, and on board the Caribbean Sea, operated by K-Sea Transportation, were five crew members. Two passengers on the DUKW 34 died in the accident.
The incident is an update on the status of the investigation and does not provide any analysis.
An NTSB team completed the on-scene portion of its investigation on July 16. The NTSB named the Coast Guard, K-Sea Transportation, and Ride the Ducks as parties to its investigation. Investigators interviewed crew members from both vessels, passengers aboard the DUKW 34, and other persons involved in the operation and maintenance of the vessels. All crew members on both vessels were interviewed except the mate (operator) of the Caribbean Sea, who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to be interviewed. Post-accident tests of the crews of both vessels were negative for alcohol and illegal drugs.
You can access the preliminary report HERE