2 missing after barge, tour boat collide
A tugboat owned and operated by K-Sea Transportation Partners was involved in a serious accident on the Delaware River in Philadelphia Wednesday when a barge it was pushing ran into an amphibious tour boat and capsized it.
The 35 passengers and two crewmembers of the sightseeing “duck boat” were spilled into the water. Two people are still missing. Several others went to hospitals with minor injuries and were released.
According to initial reports, the tour boat had mechanical problems and was adrift, waiting for a tow, when it was struck.
K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., is a major, publicly traded tugboat and tank barge operator.
The barge it was directing is owned by the city of Philadelphia, which contracts with K-Sea to move sludge from a sewage plant in northeast Philadelphia to a recycling plant down river, according to the Associated Press.