NTSB to release information on fatal duck-boat accident

On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board will open its public docket on July’s fatal duck-boat accident in Philadelphia.

 On July 7, a 250’ sludge barge, The Resource, which was being towed by K-Sea Transportation’s 85’x24’, 2,400-hp tug Caribbean Sea, collided with the anchored amphibious small passenger vehicle the DUKW 34 in the Delaware River near Philadelphia. There were 35 passengers and two crewmembers onboard the duck boat, and the Caribbean Sea was manned by five crew. Two passengers on the tour boat died in the accident.

 The NTSB docket will contain factual reports prepared by the investigative team, including interview transcripts, photographs and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available.

 The docket will be published on the NTSB website www.ntsb.gov under “Accident Dockets” on the home page, at 10 a.m. Monday. The docket will not contain any information on the cause of the accident. That will be contained in an NTSB report due for release this summer.

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