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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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July 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When rowers from Vesper Boat Club lower their shells into the Schuylkill for morning workouts, the routine is the same. Whether recreational or racers, they pull north and glide under the Girard Bridge, the Railroad Bridge, and the Columbia Bridge before bending slightly east to pass the grandstand just beyond their left shoulders. From there, they can pick out the silent, bronze rower who watches them go by, and that is John B. Kelly Sr., whose three Olympic gold medals make him the most accomplished Vesper racer in the 150-year history of the club.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
When mating prospects are grim, certain females in Jersey Shore waters appear to have developed a clever strategy: changing sex. That is what Rutgers University scientists think is happening with black sea bass, apparently in response to declining numbers of males. The ability to take a swim on the wild side has been shown previously in lab studies, both in black sea bass and a few other marine species. Now the Rutgers team has shown it happens in the ocean. With the help of Jersey Shore boat captains, the researchers have been tagging, recapturing, and studying hundreds of the fish.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of the pedestrian killed by a Ride the Ducks vehicle in May filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the tour boat's operator, its manufacturer, and the city of Philadelphia. The complaint alleges that the accident that killed Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, at the intersection of 11th and Arch Streets on May 10 was due in part to "huge blind spots" inherent in the amphibious vehicles that operate on city streets and on the water. The suit came on the fifth anniversary of the fatal duck boat accident that killed two Hungarian tourists when the vehicle collided with a barge on the Delaware River.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
NEARLY TWO MONTHS after a Ride the Ducks boat struck and crushed his wife at a Center City intersection, a Texas man is suing the company and the city of Philadelphia. Daniel Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that Liz Karnicki's wrongful death was at the hands of Ride the Ducks. The lawsuit was filed on the fifth anniversary of another Ride the Ducks collision that killed two Hungarian tourists who were on board. Karnicki's attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said that the duck boat's blind spots made it nearly impossible for the driver to see Liz Karnicki when she crossed the street, and that the driver was distracted because he also acted as a tour guide.
NEWS
June 8, 2015
ISSUE | OIL TRAINS Safer routes The reality is that Bakken oil trains endanger thousands in the Delaware Valley, rail accidents are a daily reality, and federal regulations are too weak ("Good safety record, getting better," June 2). Better to transport oil by ship through the Great Lakes directly to refineries. Leaders in City Hall need to demand that no lives be imperiled so that Philadelphia can become an energy hub. |Michael Volpe, Philadelphia, mvolpe1@verizon.net ISSUE | CLIMATE Role for church Climate-altering pollution is leading to more deadly storms, drought, and famine - impacts disproportionately felt by the poorest in our communities ("Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate," June 3)
SPORTS
May 28, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ROCKETS CENTER Dwight Howard was one of several hundred stranded at the Toyota Center after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night due to flash flooding in Houston. But instead of lamenting his fate, he went back onto the arena floor and mingled with the fans. Howard, signed autographs and posed for pictures while waiting out the harsh weather. His mom and young son - who played catch with fans - were also there. "I can't go nowhere, so I'm with the fans," Howard told KPRC News.
SPORTS
May 8, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
MOST COLLEGE students are busy. Most student-athletes are even busier. You don't know busy until you've seen Saint Joseph's graduate student Myra McCann's color-coded planner. In addition to pursuing her master's degree, she is a redshirt senior coxswain on the women's rowing team and a Miss New Jersey contestant. She also helps with the Precious Gem Pageant in New Jersey, a pageant for girls with special needs. With the Dad Vail Regatta coming up this weekend, McCann and her teammates are eager for the challenge that the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the United States will provide.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
America last went to war with Spain when Admiral George Dewey famously instructed the captain of the Olympia - the storied cruiser now docked at Penn's Landing - "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " That was in 1898. And yet these bygone hostilities seem strangely fresh in the minds of members of Philadelphia City Council, alongside an understanding of economics that is similarly rooted in the 19th century. Since Council rejected Connecticut-based UIL Holdings' $1.87 billion offer for the Philadelphia Gas Works without so much as a hearing, its members have taken to noting UIL's subsequent merger with the Spanish utility Iberdrola as if it somehow justifies their abdication of duty.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Biddle, the champion offshore powerboat racer from Egg Harbor Township who emerged this week to face criminal charges after vanishing nearly seven months ago, remained a free man Friday after posting $50,000 bail, his lawyer said. Biddle, 45, was declared missing last July after a boating accident. Though some who knew him feared he was dead, local authorities soon came to believe he orchestrated the accident to avoid fraud charges stemming from the boat-sales company where he worked.
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