Tug Did Not Respond To Distress Calls – Phil. Duck Report

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Sep 102010

A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

Distress calls and warnings by the master of the Ride the Duck DUKW that his vessel was disabled were not responded to by the tug Caribbean Sea which was handling a barge which collided with the DUKW and sank it, says a preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board.

Says the accident report: “On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, the empty 250-foot-long sludge barge The Resource, being towed alongside the 78.9-foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, allided with the anchored 33-foot amphibious small passenger vessel DUKW 34 in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DUKW 34, operated by Ride the Ducks, carried 35 passengers and 2 crewmembers. On board the Caribbean Sea were 5 crewmembers. As a result of the allision, the DUKW 34 sank in about 55 feet of water. Two passengers were fatally injured, and 10 passengers suffered minor injuries. No one on the Caribbean Sea was injured.

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NTSB Opens Alaska Ranger Files

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Sep 032009

Julio Morales, an Alaska Ranger survivor, tells his side

Documents gathered by the US National Transportation Safety Board regarding the sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea, 120 nautical miles west of Dutch on 23 March, 2008 will be made public online at 0900 on 4 September on the  Safety Board’s website.

Five of the 47 persons aboard the vessel died, one falling from a rescue basket as it was being winched into a helicopter.  The wreckage of the Alaska Ranger is at the bottom of the Bering Sea and was not examined.

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