On July 7, 2010, a duck-boat carrying tourist passengers was struck by a barge and capsized in the Delaware River. Police reported 35 tourists rescued after a frantic search and rescue operation while 2 tourists were unfortunately reported as casualties of the tragedy. A lot of people had witnessed the actual accident of the duck boat colliding with the barge, at that, the emergency personnel and other citizens went right away to the rescue.
According to reports, the duck boat had an engine trouble causing it to float into the Delaware River without power as it collided with a barge. The boat immediately capsized into the water together with its passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether the crew of the boat had foresee the problem and immediately alerted a nearby craft about it for early rescue or prevention if the craft used is already known to be not functioning well but still proceeded to the tour. After the incident, operations of the company of all duck boat services that they have nationwide were halted which is the only sensible action to take after the tragedy. The company should check all the boats they have.
To the victims, We remember you.
The survivors where of course were in a state of shock after that one fine day turned into a sudden hell for them that even took young lives. In this blog, it is our aim to commemorate them and to let everyone know that this should have never happened to them. But anyway, life can be unfortunate sometimes and this serves as a reminder that life is indeed too short. To Dora Schwendtner, 16 and Szabolcs Prem, 20 and to the other survivors who feared for their lives, you are in our prayers and we wish that this tragedy didn’t happen at all.
Dora Schwendtner, 16
Dora is remembered by her peers for her boundless vitality and idealism despite her age. She is an only child dearly loved by her family from Mosonmagyarovar in northwestern Hungary. She was a good student and a nice kid with a bright personality.
Szabolcs Prem, 20
His friends and family affectionately calls him Szeb. He was a young man with a happy and bright personaltity, full of life and vigor. He excelled well in school and is a hardworking student. He was a gifted student and attended the prestigioys Lajos Kossuth Secondary School in Mosonmagyarovar.