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.
April 4, 1989 |
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.
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.
July 8, 1997 |
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.
October 1, 2010 |
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.
June 20, 2004 |
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.
July 2, 2010 |
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.
March 5, 1990 |
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.
September 11, 1988 |
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.
February 22, 1987 |
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.