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Deadly Distractions: The Ramming of DUKW 34

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On July 7th, 2010 the tour aboard “DUKW 34” of Ride the Ducks Philadelphia, was rammed and driven under by a Barge/Tugboat on the Delaware River. Actions aboard the Tugboat “Caribbean Sea” pushing the barge “The Resource” & to an extent aboard Duck 34 could have prevented this tragedy.

▶REFERENCES, SOURCES & FEATURED MEDIA: https://pastebin.com/A3VZm5PR
*Views presented are my own and the appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NTSB & any other entities’ visual information does not imply or constitute their endorsement.

▶STRETCH DUCK 7 VIDEO: https://youtu.be/0yG5C94qM2Y

▶Timestamps:
00:00 Boston Duck Tours Clarification
04:36 Duck 34 Opening Scene
06:35 Army DUKW & Stretch Duck 7 Recap
08:24 Ride the Ducks International as of 2010
10:10 Tank Barge vs Inland Bulk Barge
10:44 Tank Barge “The Resource”
11:47 The Tugboat “Caribbean Sea”
13:38 Ride the Ducks Philadelphia
17:06 US Coast Guard Issues Crucial Mandate for RTD Philly
19:37 RTD Philly History of Breakdowns and Maintenance Issues
21:44 Penn’s Landing and The Delaware River Ship Channel
22:08 The Resource & Caribbean Sea “Tow” Configuration & Route
24:17 Duck 34 Gets Underway
26:55 The Resource & Tugboat Caribbean Sea Get Underway
27:29 Duck 34 Breakdown During Water Transit
29:45 The Tugboat & Barge Approach Penn’s Landing
34:31 Harrowing Rescue & Survival
35:40 Duck 34 Injuries and Victims Lost
36:32 Onboard the Tugboat as the Incident Unfolded
38:55 Aftermath, Duck 34 Recovery, NTSB Findings
43:20 Ride the Ducks Philadelphia Struggles
45:00 NTSB Recommendations
46:37 Updates to Philly Barge Policies & Duck Tour Route Comparisons
48:10 NTSB Op-Ed pm Duck 34 & Distracted Operations
53:05 In Memoriam…
53:49 Closing Thoughts & End Credits

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▶ARMY DUKW HISTORICAL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/oX_nI8D9b0k
RickMakes: https://youtu.be/6_tL5ymzBGk
Tanks & More: https://youtu.be/ZUkKluCcUgg

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▶ A B O U T
Hey, I’m Sam! Child of the 80s turned Parent, Traveler, & Bumbling/Stumbling Nostalgic, Sentimental Creator. With a background in Workplace Safety Instruction, Logistics/Supply Chain Management & Industrial Robotics Programming/Engineering… raising awareness and training are vital!

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