Philadelphia Duck Boats to shut down for anniversary of crash

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 2:38 PM
Philadelphia Duck Boats to shut down for anniversary of crash

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - On the one year anniversary of a deadly crash that killed two Hungarian tourists, the Ride the Ducks tour boat company is suspending operations for a single day in memory of the tragic event.

The July 7 shutdown of the amphibious craft known as the duck boats is "intended to honor the people aboard and the first responders who helped that day," Chris Herschend, boat company president, said on Wednesday.

The sightseeing boats operate on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, where a duck boat was struck by a barge pushed by a tugboat on July 7, 2010.

"Our prayers continue to be with all of those involved in this horrible tragedy, especially the families of Dora Schwendtner and Szabolcs Prem," said Herschend in a statement, referring to the two Hungarian tourists, ages 16 and 20, who were killed.

Both the tour boat company and the tug company are being sued by the families of the victims.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)