Posted On: July 8, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

2 Still Missing after Barge and Duck Tourist Boat Collide in PA

Almost 24 hours after a barge collided with an amphibious tour boat in Philadelphia, rescue workers continue to search for a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man who are still missing. The New York Times reports that these missing individuals may be part of a tour group from Hungary.

As the Coast Guard still actively searches the river for the two people who have yet to be found, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are working to determine the cause of the barge crash.

The duck tourist boat accident in Philadelphia occurred when a barge struck the vessel, capsizing it and sending its 37 occupants into the Delaware River. Several people rushed to help rescue tourist boat passengers who were in a state of panic as they bobbed in the river.

The accident occurred at Penn’s Landing, which is a popular waterfront district in Pennsylvania. Before the crash took place, a fire on the small tourist vessel caused it to shut down. As the boat waited for assistance, it was struck by the unmanned barge and sank right away.

Boating accidents are entirely preventable. When operators of boats are improperly licensed or trained, or simply fail to fulfill their duty of driving a water vessel safely, collisions can occur and seriously injure innocent people. Boat passengers who are fortunate enough to survive a PA boating accident may have a long road to recovery ahead. Skilled Philadelphia boat accident lawyers help injured individuals hold negligent parties accountable so that full and just compensation can be obtained.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a duck tourist boat accident, barge collision, or another watercraft incident, the Pennsylvania boating crash attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP await your call. Our knowledgeable injury lawyers have years of experience helping boat accident injury victims receive compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us today at 888-684-7192 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.