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That "Duck Boat" outfit owns a fleet of 'em out here as well. The VERY same bunch. They've 'suspended' operations locally, until the investigation's been completeted on the Philadelphia incident.

Meanwhile the Coast Guard investigates the crash of the helicopter out this way tu!

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The search for the missing was suspended because of poor visibility underwater and dangerous currents.

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After Duck-boat crash on Delaware River, Navy springs into action

CREW MEMBERS from two Navy vessels visiting from Virginia and docked next to the Independence Seaport Museum on Wednesday leaped into action when they heard a barge had crashed into a Duck boat.

"I told my people politely that they needed to get moving," Senior Chief Charles Weaver recalled saying after he saw victims in the Delaware River.

Once the special-warfare boat got close to the scene, Weaver deployed a smaller boat to assist those in the water.

Although the crew helped four people out of the river and about five people onto land, Weaver said city police had everything under control.

"It's great that we had an opportunity to assist, but I'm quite sure that if we weren't here, they would have done fine without us," he said.

"One of our guys dived in from the landing, and a police officer told him to swim to shore to save his own life," Special Boat Operator 3rd Class Jared Bendetta said, laughing. "This is what we do. We don't think about our own lives."

Weaver said that he found no need to deploy divers but that his men were on "autopilot" and ready to work.

"If it were up to me and I had the right equipment, I would have been down there all night," said Special Boat Operator 2nd Class Felipe Silva.

The Navy men weren't the only ones to jump into the river to save passengers.

Philadelphia Police Detective Tim Brooks, 44, said he was in his office at the U.S. Customs House on Chestnut Street near 2nd when the collision occurred. He ran to the river with his partner and, after seeing four survivors clinging to a pylon in the river, shed his wallet, shoes and gun and dived in.

Brooks said he handed one panicking young girl to a Coast Guard boat that threw him a line, and then began to help the three other survivors in the river after receiving a life vest.

Still, he didn't consider himself a hero.

"I did the same thing that any cop from here to California would have done," Brooks said. "You do what you must do."



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Mangled duck boat pulled to surface

A floating crane pulled the the mangled wreck of a duck boat to the surface of the Delaware River this afternoon, two days after it was run over and sunk by a barge.

The development came just hours after a body found in the river this morning was identified as that of a 16-year-old Hungarian girl who had been on the tour boat.

Police in the meantime were searching waters near the salvage site after what appeared to be a body - possibly a second missing tourist - was briefly spotted near the barge carrying the crane.

Officials theorized that the body might have lodged under the barge.

Eszter Pataki, a Hungarian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Budapest, confirmed the the teen found earlier was Dora Schwendtner.

U.S. officials had notified Hungarian diplomats the body had been found before dawn north of the Walt Whitman Bridge, Pataki said,

A second Hungarian tourist, Szablcs Prem, 20, remains missing.

An active search for the two was called off Thursday night.

The two were members of a group of students visiting the United States in a program with a Methodist church in West Chester.

Pataki said the students had planned to fly home on July 23, but some now wish to return to Hungary sooner.

"As you might imagine, they are all very shocked," she said. "This is a horrible tragedy."

Mayor Nutter is looking into how flights can be changed to help students return their tickets and fly home earlier than planned.

A fisherman spotted the girl's body about 4:45 a.m. off Pier 80 at the foot of Snyder Avenue, officials said.

The crew of the Fire Department's Marine Unit 1 recovered the remains and took them to the Packer Marine Terminal.

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for identification, police said.

The discovery came about four hours before work began to recover the sunken duck boat.

About 8:45 a.m., a North Camden-based salvage barge arrived at the crash site off Penn's Landing.

The 10-man crew will used the crane on the barge to pull the 18,000 pound amphibious vehicle to the surface from the river bottom about 40-feet down.

Divers had gone into the water to attach a sling to the sunken vessel.

Their operation required the approval of federal authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the cause of Wednesday's crash.

Weeks Marine salvaged the wreckage of the U.S. Airways plane that crashed into New York's Hudson River last summer.

A small crowd of people gathered at Penns Landing to watch the operation on the water 50 yards away.

Among them was Don Park, 52, of Camden, who has been watching the activity in the river since the accident and came to Philadelphia today to get a closer look.

"You get a front-row seat," he said. "I'm a [recreational] boater myself and I'm curious to know."

 


Contact staff writer James Osborne at 856-779-3876 or jaosborne@phillynews.com.



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Just heard on the feed... The second body was pulled out. Twenty year old guy. Not named yet.

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Hungarian students.

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The 16 year old girl was found south of the sinking near the walt Whitman Bridge.......the 20 year old male surfaced when the duck was pulled out of the water.

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Crew Recovers Sunken Duck Boat, 2nd Body

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) Crews recover sunken duck boat from the Delaware River on Friday afternoon. CBS

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Shortly after retrieving the sunken "Ride the Ducks" tour boat Friday, crews recovered a second body from the Delaware River Friday afternoon. The second body was retrieved just after 3 p.m., hours after the body of a 16-year-old tourist was identified.

Authorities confirm the first body found in the river near the Walt Whitman Bridge at about 4:30 a.m. Friday was Hungarian student Dora Schwendtner, who was one of two passengers presumed dead after Wednesday's accident.

The second body, believed to be Szabolcs Prem, 20, surfaced at about 9:45 a.m. when salvage crews began working to remove the sunken boat. Authorities tagged the body, but it floated under the salvage crew's barge before they could remove it. Authorities did not immediately confirm whether the body was that of Prem.

The Coast Guard called off the search and rescue effort for the two missing passengers Thursday evening. They searched for 20 hours and more than 14 square miles of river to find the missing tourists who were part of a group of visiting the Philadelphia area from their native country of Hungary.

The "Ride the Duck Boat" was carrying 35 passengers and two crew members when it was run over by a 250 foot city-owned barge.

The National Transportation Safety Board, who is now handling the investigation, has found that nothing was wrong with the steering or navigation system on the tugboat that was escorting the barge when the collision happened.

One question still unanswered is if the captain of the duck boat made a distress call after the boat became disabled and dead in the water. The Coast Guard says it has no record of the recording.

Coast Guard officials say have taken the wrecked tour boat to their headquarters in Philadelphia to inspect what caused the boat to stall.

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The bodies of Hungarian tourists Dora Schwendtner, 16, top left, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, were recovered Friday in the Delaware River near the Walt Whitman Bridge, two days after a Ride the Ducks boat was struck by a barge. The vessel was also lifted from the river. (Right photo: Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
The bodies of Hungarian tourists Dora Schwendtner, 16, top left, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, were recovered Friday in the Delaware River near the Walt Whitman Bridge, two days after a Ride the Ducks boat was struck by a barge. The vessel was also lifted from the river. (Right photo: Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)


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The Phucked Duck is about 900 feet away from where I am posting right now. I feel like Forrest Gump.....

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It's inside the garage, unable to get near it.

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Freddie Krueger wrote:

It's inside the garage, unable to get near it.




 Plus the gate is closed with guard.



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Sounds like the same lame excuses we got when you were supposed to catch Dave and Cindy in the act.

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