Had to happen. Duc, overturned Phila PA - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Skills and Seamanship > Seamanship & Navigation
 Not a Member? 

Seamanship & Navigation Forum devoted to seamanship and navigation topics, including paper and electronic charting tools.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 07-07-2010
deniseO30's Avatar
Move over Joan Rivers!
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 5,981
Thanks: 51
Thanked 82 Times in 72 Posts
Rep Power: 9
deniseO30 will become famous soon enough deniseO30 will become famous soon enough
Had to happen. Duc, overturned Phila PA

I'm watcing this as I post it here. Sad day for Ducks! Looks like every but the pilots are ok. sad. but I had to happen. those things were never designed for touring. 37 people X 125 lbs - well over 2 tons


2 Teens Missing, Dozens Rescued After "Duck Boat" Crash In Delaware River - cbs3.com
__________________
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

my current "project"!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 07-07-2010
svHyLyte's Avatar
Old as Dirt!
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 2,630
Thanks: 11
Thanked 99 Times in 94 Posts
Rep Power: 6
svHyLyte is on a distinguished road
What a terrible shame. But, it is not because the DUKW is not a capable vehicle. (See DUKW - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ). It was run over by another boat.

FWIW,,,
__________________
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 07-07-2010
deniseO30's Avatar
Move over Joan Rivers!
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 5,981
Thanks: 51
Thanked 82 Times in 72 Posts
Rep Power: 9
deniseO30 will become famous soon enough deniseO30 will become famous soon enough
Looks like 2 died, they won't say for sure.
__________________
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

my current "project"!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 07-07-2010
SVCarolena's Avatar
Pearson 303
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 411
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
SVCarolena is on a distinguished road
Very sad, and as I recall, this isn't the first Duck accident.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 07-08-2010
deniseO30's Avatar
Move over Joan Rivers!
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 5,981
Thanks: 51
Thanked 82 Times in 72 Posts
Rep Power: 9
deniseO30 will become famous soon enough deniseO30 will become famous soon enough
2 young people are still missing. They found the duck under 40ft. Passengers said they were all yelling trying to get the Tug pilot to alter course... Little do they know. I don't care how "seaworthy" ducks are they should have a escort boat with them. 37 people the current in Phila is like 6 knots or more! All duck tours have been stopped pending investigation of course.
__________________
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

my current "project"!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 07-08-2010
WouldaShoulda's Avatar
AEOLUS II
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: From The Land of Pleasant Living
Posts: 2,719
Thanks: 3
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 6
WouldaShoulda is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
What a terrible shame. But, it is not because the DUKW is not a capable vehicle. (See DUKW - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ). It was run over by another boat.

FWIW,,,
Tourists should just stay home and watch TV.

It's much safer!!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 07-11-2010
TakeFive's Avatar
If it's blowin' I'm goin'
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Posts: 2,501
Thanks: 5
Thanked 43 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 5
TakeFive will become famous soon enough
I took the Duck Tour last October with my son's 7th grade class. They go along the Philadelphia side of the river, right in the shipping lane. I know the investigation is pending, but from the snippets I've heard, there are a couple of questions:
  • Why didn't the captain have everyone put on life vests immediately when the engine went down, instead of waiting until a collision was imminent?
  • Why did he just radio for another Duck Boat to come get them? It seems a police boat or USCG would have gotten there much faster, and could have towed them out of the channel. They certainly got there quickly once people were in the water.

It sounds like the engine overheating might have been caused by nothing more than a loose or defective radiator cap. I once had a minivan overheat for the same reason. Cost only $10 to fix.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Formerly posted as "RhythmDoctor"
1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 07-13-2010
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,860
Thanks: 6
Thanked 23 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 10
nolatom will become famous soon enough
Preliminary accounts say DUKW called, but no response from the tug:

Tour boat calls before crash went unanswered - CNN.com

One of the tug crew took the 5th rather than talk with NTSB.

I know little about the "Ducks" except having seen them around, but from the photo, I doubt that any small passenger vessel would fare well if caught under the rake-bow of that empty barge.

Anyone know how the tug was made up to the barge? If astern or especially if "hipped-up" on opposite side of the barge, then could have been a considerable blind spot.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 07-13-2010
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,860
Thanks: 6
Thanked 23 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 10
nolatom will become famous soon enough
More on the story, this from Work Boat magazine:

Tugboat mate in duck crash invokes Fifth Amendment - WorkBoat.com
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 07-13-2010
hellosailor's Avatar
Plausible Deniability
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,545
Thanks: 2
Thanked 82 Times in 80 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
denise, I've been on the DUCs and they're perfectly up to the job they are used for. If the DUC had been any other type of single-engined boat, a jet boat, a cruiser, a (purely) sail boat, the outcome would have been the same.

The vessel had an engine failure and it only has one propulsion engine. That left it dead in the water, unseen by a barge coming down a main channel. Sailboats and power boats get run over the same way, all over the world, every year.

Now, in 20-20 hindsight, maybe the DUCs and every other single-engine vessel should be prohibited from entering or crossing shipping channels. But there's also the matter of whether anyone on the tug was keeping a proper lookout, visually or on radio.

DUCW? Fun ride! And they're not just old clunkers, there's been a lot of money spent on building the new ones.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
When Tragedies Happen at Sea SailNet Cruising Articles 0 05-28-2002 08:00 PM
Overturned cats! llcl2002 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 08-11-2001 04:59 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:49 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.