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DC ducks not connected to Philly

A Georgia-based tour company says it has suspended duck boat operations nationwide after an accident in Philadelphia that left two people missing.

Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., also operates tours in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Newport, Ky., and Branson, Mo.

Tours on the amphibious vehicles also operate in Washington. However, DC Ducks is owned by a separate company, Florida-based Historic Tours of America, said Vicki Wood, a customer service representative for that company, and has no connection to the Philadelphia "duck boat" business.

A boat belonging to Ride the Ducks collided with a barge on the Delaware River on Wednesday. Police and Coast Guard officials are still searching for two people. Others suffered minor injuries.

The Washington-based National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team to Philadelphia on Wednesday to investigate the collision. Tom Roth-Rothy is the investigator in charge and NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt accompanied the team.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Michael Bolden  | July 8, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
Categories:  NTSB, Waterways  
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Shouldn't we also be asking whether K-Sea, the barge company that bills itself as "Safe and Sound," operates on the Potomac? It just happened to be a Duck that was in the way, but it could have been any boat.

Posted by: MyPostYourPostLetsCallTheWholeThingOff | July 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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