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July 24, 2010
The Coast Guard yesterday released recordings of radio communications from the fatal Duck-boat crash in Philadelphia. The recordings were taken from the emergency channel recorded by the Coast Guard. A Duck boat with 37 people aboard became disabled in the Delaware River on July 7 and was struck by an unmanned city-owned barge being pushed by a tug. The Duck boat capsized and sank, killing two Hungarian tourists. Shortly before the crash, an unidentified man can be heard yelling for a boat to watch out. A few minutes later, the tug boat Caribbean Sea is heard telling the Coast Guard, "we are the ones that, I guess, capsized the Duck boat.
NEWS
April 4, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Jon Wright sailed in an America's Cup yacht race - in 1974 - the entire affair lasted five months. "We had a $1.5 million budget, we built one boat and we put it in the water in May," said Wright, who lives in Rosemont and runs a boat business in West Conshohocken. "We defended the cup in September. " Wright's fifth cup race - in 1987, when the San Diego Yacht Club boat Stars & Stripes won the trophy from Royal Perth Yacht Club in a classic battle on the Indian Ocean at Fremantle, Australia - was something different.
NEWS
September 3, 2004
HAS OP-ED writer Flavia Colgan ("Adrift in the Swift Boat Swamp") registered herself as a 527 yet? I looked high and low but couldn't find the same sort of column written by Flavia about the abundance of 527s that have spent the best part of $60 million and a full year waging the same sort of attacks on President Bush. Her selective amnesia about who is allowed free speech is mind-numbing. Where was she when a movie that, while striving to make salient points, has been debunked to the point where it will released and catagorized under "fiction" at Blockbuster.
NEWS
July 8, 1997 | For The Inquirer / LAURENCE KESTERSON
Lyle and Cindy Crummond of Silver Spring, Md., canoe down the Brandywine River near the Route 1 overpass in Chadds Ford. They spent yesterday afternoon enjoying the great outdoors.
NEWS
October 1, 2010 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
Gary Fox, captain of the duck boat sunk by a city barge in July - a tragedy that left two young tourists dead - thought that he, too, was going to die while trapped in the Delaware River, he said in a lawsuit filed this week in Common Pleas Court. Fox said that he was pushed under the hull of the barge and could see his passengers underwater as they struggled to swim out of the tourist boat's windows. He was running out of oxygen when he managed to swim out one of Duck Boat 34's windows after the July 7 crash, Fox said in a suit charging negligence.
NEWS
June 20, 2004 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city plans to spend $500,000 this year to buy a state-of-the-art boat and accessories to scoop trash from the Delaware River, the Schuylkill and Tacony Creek. Water Department officials acknowledge that the timing is not great. The city is mired in a budget crisis, and in February, the Water Department proposed a nearly 43 percent water- and sewer-rate increase over the next three years. They insist that if more is not done to clean city waterways, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might require more drastic and costly measures.
NEWS
July 2, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County motorcyclist, injured last night in a traffic accident, has died. Police said a 24-year-old man from Folsom was traveling southwest on McDade Boulevard in Glenolden around 9:43 p. m. when a truck towing a boat turned left into the intersection to enter Gardner Avenue. The motorcycle hit the boat ejecting the driver, according to police. The motorcyclist was pronounced died at Crozer-Chester Medical Center on Friday. The driver of the truck is a 54-year-old man from Darby Township, according to police.
NEWS
March 5, 1990 | By Jeremy Treatman, Special to The Inquirer
If the Monsignor Bonner heavyweight eight rowing team doesn't fare well this season, it won't be because of the boat. Because of the trying circumstances of a Chinese national team competing in a worldwide competition in Yugoslavia last summer, the multilingual tongue of a U.S. coach and a generous Monsignor Bonner coaching staff, the Friars were able to buy a Chinese Empacagr racing shell for the forthcoming season. It started in August when Bonner crew coordinator Mike Cipollone was in Pescara, Italy, to watch a U.S. team in the World University Games.
NEWS
September 11, 1988 | By Howard Goodman and John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a harrowing 6 1/2-hour struggle for survival in the dark ocean, four Pennsylvania men clung to the bow of their capsized pleasure boat early yesterday after a collision that left two of their number dead. "We were scared to death," said Neil Sawick, 31. He said fear of sharks - and fear that the boat the men were clinging to would sink completely - plagued the survivors throughout the nighttime ordeal that began in the Atlantic about 14 miles east of Ocean City, N.J. The 29-foot boat, Reel Action, rammed a tugboat's towline about 1 a.m., Sawick said.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By Ashley Halsey 3d., Inquirer Staff Writer
If the bilge pumps break, the water system fails, the engine sputters and the cassette player falls apart the first time you heel over, you're stuck with a bum boat. All that misery and more happened a few years ago aboard an old and much abused boat that Tortola Yacht Charters foisted on unsuspecting charterers. There are thousands of charter boat firms. Most companies do an adequate job - their survival depends upon it - but some are better than others. Many of them advertise in Cruising World and Sail, two of the largest sailing magazines.
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February 5, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Boat sales are growing nationwide, and the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show is 25 percent bigger than it was last year. Organizers of the event, which opened at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday and runs through Sunday,- are hoping for record attendance at the show, which has been making a splash here for 37 years. The show attracts thousands of boat lovers looking for a glimpse of summer - and perhaps their next nautical toy - in the dead of winter.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
TRAVEL
December 28, 2015 | By Alix Gerz, For The Inquirer
'A three-hour tour? On a boat?" my brother asked with a raised eyebrow. "What could possibly go wrong?" He walked toward the gangplank ahead of the rest of our group of six, softly humming the Gilligan's Island theme song. A brisk week in November found my brothers and me, along with our significant others, trekking around Iceland in search of culture and relaxation - but mostly, the elusive and entrancing aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. We hadn't traveled together since we were kids, and I felt that seeing something really magical together would help make up for lost time.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
During Hurricane Agnes in 1972, Samuel B. Hess figured that the safest place for his 25-foot sailboat would be on the water. And so with his family onboard, he maneuvered his craft from his dock near Chestertown, Md., into the Chester River. "There was mom, my brother, and me and my dog, a beagle," said Mr. Hess' daughter, Julie Hughes, all onboard. "The waters were pretty darn high," Hughes said, but they all saw it through. "We were all being tossed around," she said, "but he knew what he was doing.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday signed into law legislation that cuts sales and use taxes on purchases of recreational boats by 50 percent, a move supporters said would spur economic growth. The law also sets a $20,000 cap on sales tax imposed on such purchases, and provides a 30-day grace period during which a tax will not be levied on the use of such boats in the state. About 150,000 recreational vessels are registered in New Jersey, down by 100,000 over the past 15 years, according to the state's Marine Trades Association.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fredric "Rick" Stevenson Wright, 67, of Ardmore, a surgical-equipment salesman and sailor, died Monday, Oct. 12, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with care, courage, and a fierce empathy for those around him, his wife and daughter said. After high school, the San Francisco-born Mr. Wright became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Instead, he trained as a medic at Fort Houston in San Antonio and then served as an operating-room assistant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 1971 to 1973.
NEWS
October 5, 2015 | BY PAIGE GROSS, Daily News Staff Writer grossp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THOSE WHO celebrate autumn each year on the banks of the Schuylkill River watching 20-foot dragons glide through the murky water will have to wait until next month when it may even be colder. The Dragon Boat Festival was canceled Thursday. Festival coordinator Carol Lee Lindner released a statement yesterday afternoon that the event, with 161 participating teams, would be rescheduled for Nov. 7. No other details were included, leaving racers scratching their heads. "We're all kind of waiting in limbo," Leigh Vlasblom, captain of the co-ed Relentless Mixed Team from New Hope, said.
NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
The best attraction at the Jersey Shore is at the southern tip of the Wildwoods. According to TripAdvisor, at least. Search the Web for the best attractions at the Jersey Shore and you're likely to come across two lists at that user-generated travel advice site: top New Jersey boat tours and top Jersey Shore tours and activities. The Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch leads both. Of nearly 250 reviews for the dolphin watch, only one was below average (and that was due to a cancellation). Why is this tour so universally beloved?
NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
You've arrived. You've gone to the beach. You've pondered the majesty of the ocean. And now, you just want to get out there. But you don't have a boat. How can you find yourself upon the high seas or the back bays? Where can you go to embark on a relaxing evening cruise or a big day of fishing? Or just have a little paddle around to look at the flora and fauna of the Jersey Shore? Surprisingly, there are a lot of options up and down the coast that don't require a huge investment in time or money.
NEWS
August 7, 2015
IN HER signature song, "People," Barbra Streisand proclaims that "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. " Well, as we head into the dog days of summer, we'd like to amend that to include people who own boats, as well as people who have friends who own boats. That's because there are few ways to better beat the summer heat and enjoy nature than by spending time on the bounding main, feeling the cool ocean spray on your face while watching dolphins frolic in the foamy water.
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