Families of Deadly Philadelphia Duck Boat Accident Settle Lawsuit for $17M

Posted in Pennsylvania Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents on May 10, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the families of the two Hungarian tourists who were killed when a barge crashed into the duck boat they were riding in, will split $15 million from a settlement with the companies that owned the vessels.

Ride the Ducks, which operates the touring vehicles, and K-Sea Transportation Partners, which owned the tug that pushed a 250-foot barge into the duck boat in July 2010, also will pay $2 million to be split among the 18 duck boat passengers who survived, the Inquirer reports.

The two victims who died in the 2010 Philadelphia duck boat crash on the Delaware River were 20-year old Szabolcs Prem and 16-year old Dora Schwendtner. Both drowned when they, along with more than three dozen fellow passengers, were thrown into the river’s icy waters.

The Inquirer said their parents attended the first two days of the trial, which started Monday, but returned to Hungary on Wednesday and were not available for comment.

Posted by tugboat injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP