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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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August 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Does time travel to your glorious youth sound like fun? Philadelphia-based party planner Alan Rubens could have your tickets to ride for a hop back to Rydell High maybe, or an amble down country roads. A groovy trip through the psychedelic '60s, or a multiday haul on the "Soul Train. " Instead of rail or DeLorean, most of the journey will take place on the high seas, on a nostalgia-packed music cruise featuring some durable stars of those bygone, but not forgotten, eras. "The music cruise business is going great," Rubens said recently from his home office in Wynnewood.
SPORTS
August 4, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Part of a U.S. women's rowing eight that is undefeated for the last decade, including at the last two Olympics, Lauren Schmetterling, from Moorestown, is like the Division II basketball player starring in the NBA. Her path to this boat headed for Rio is unique. She rowed in high school at Moorestown, and kept doing it at Colgate, but that school was far from a rowing power. Yet Schmetterling now is a mainstay in the best boat in the sport. "I feel like every year that I rowed, I've gotten a little bit better," said Schmetterling, who turns 28 Wednesday.
SPORTS
August 4, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Can three-tenths of a second determine four years of your life? Add these facts: Those three-tenths are the margin between third place and fourth in an Olympic rowing final contested over 2,000 meters. "It's a hard thing to walk away from," said Steve Kasprzyk, who found he couldn't. The Drexel graduate from Cinnaminson is the only returnee from the United States men's rowing eight at the 2012 London Olympics. Going into London, Kasprzyk had intended to retire regardless of result.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Richard Burgess had a last-minute problem with his Star sailboat, he knew to go to his friend John M. MacCausland. "He was leaving the next day to go to Europe," to race his own Star in Kiel, Germany, Burgess said. "But he stayed all night" to repair the boat that Burgess himself needed for a pending East Coast race. "He was always there for you," said Burgess, who began sailing with and against Mr. MacCausland in 1966. On Saturday, July 23, Mr. MacCausland, 82, of Cherry Hill, a former owner of Marine Spars, a Star boat sales company there, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at Arden Courts of Cherry Hill, a memory care community.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Nearly a year after a major dredging operation began shutting it down, boating on the Cooper River seemed back to normal Tuesday. Sailboats tacked into light breezes, a kayak skimmed along the Pennsauken shore, and three sleek shells packed with young rowers from Moorestown glided west. But shouts and a shrill whistle - even a waterborne visit from "law enforcement" - will greet any boater who gets close to that new line of white buoys stretched across the river. To its east lie the two miles of submerged pipes, suction equipment, and dredge boats of Camden County's $10.5 million channel-deepening operation, which resumed July 1 after a three-month pause.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A man killed in a boating accident off Barnegat Light on Sunday has been identified as Chan Kang, 26, of Hainesport. Kang was piloting a 12-foot skiff when the craft was struck by the front end of a 36-foot speedboat, according to police. The incident occurred in the Oyster Creek Channel in Barnegat Bay at about 2:20 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. Kang was ejected into the water and died from his injuries said Trooper Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police. Another person in the skiff was taken to the Southern Ocean Medical Center with minor injuries, Peele said.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A father and son died in a boating accident Saturday afternoon in Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey State Police said. The accident occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in Patcong Creek, Somers Point Police said. State Police did not release names for the victims; a spokesman said the boy was eight years old. He did not have an age for the father. jlai@phillynews.com 856-779-3220 @elaijuh  
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER jlaughlin@phillynews.com 215-854-4587 @jasmlaughlin
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
TRAVEL
April 11, 2016
Because many cities popular with tourists are on the water, often the best way to get a good view of them is by boat. Many services offer expensive boat excursions operated by tour operators. We've found that the best, and cheapest, option is to hop aboard a ferry that local commuters take. The nearest example of nautical tourism is the Staten Island Ferry in New York. This free boat ride whisks visitors from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back, offering a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. The ferry operates 24/7, providing a particularly romantic nighttime excursion.
NEWS
March 28, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez and Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITERS
The Coast Guard suspended Saturday afternoon its search for a boat that was reported capsized Friday night off Brigantine, a spokesman said. Three to four people were feared to have been aboard, according to the report. Helicopters, planes and boats searched 196 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean off Brigantine and found "no clues that there was a boat that capsized," Coast Guard Chief Nick Ameen said Saturday evening. Those clues would have included floating debris. The search was suspended about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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