New Video Footage Has Been Released in the Philadelphia 2010 Deadly Duck Boat Accident

Posted in Barge Accidents,Maritime Accidents,Maritime Lawsuits,Pennsylvania Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents on May 2, 2012

A new video has been released of the 2010 deadly duck boat accident that happened along the Delaware River near Philadelphia that killed two Hungarian students when a barge slammed into their tour boat. The video footage is pretty tough to look at.


The video shows one of the ship’s crew members jumping off the vessel just seconds before it crashed, and possibly texting on his cellphone before the tragic accident.

The students, 20-year-old Dora Schwendtner and 16-year-old Szabolcs Prem, drowned when they, along with more than three dozen fellow passengers, were thrown into the river’s waters.

ABC News reports:

Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by the two students’ families against K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., which operated the tugboat guiding the barge; Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., which operated the tour boat; the city of Philadelphia, which owned the barge; and others, according to the Associated Press.

The video clip, part of the official record compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board in its own investigation, shows the impact of the 250-foot barge hitting the tour boat as it stood stalled in the Delaware River because of what the crew thought was an engine fire.

Blog post by barge injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP