Tweaked duck boat tour previewed on Delaware River

AP News
Posted: Apr 20, 2011 12:59 PM
Tweaked duck boat tour previewed on Delaware River

A duck boat has returned to the Delaware River in Philadelphia, more than nine months after an accident that killed two Hungarian tourists.

Georgia-based Ride the Ducks gave a preview tour Wednesday for members of the media and other invited guests. The half-hour trip showcased the new water route, which has been shortened to about 10 minutes and now goes only about 70 to 100 feet from shore.

A spotter boat is also nearby in case of an emergency. Ride the Ducks President Chris Herschend says the changes were made in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The amphibious vessels will open to tourists Thursday.

Two Hungarian students were killed in July when a 2,100-ton city barge struck a disabled duck boat in the shipping channel, sinking the tour boat.