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Officials: Tour boat calls unanswered before crash

Officials: Tour boat calls unanswered before crash

A preliminary federal report says an idled tour boat and nearby vessels repeatedly called the tugboat guiding the barge that hit and sank the craft, killing two Hungarian students.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in Friday's report that the amphibious tour boat's radio calls to the tug went unanswered in the moments before the collision in the Delaware River on July 7.
There were 35 passengers and two crew members aboard the Ride the Ducks amphibious boat. The barge plowed over the tour boat, sinking it and sending passengers into the water. Two Hungarians drowned.
The report says drug and alcohol tests on crew members of both vessels were negative. The tug pilot cited his right against self-incrimination when he declined to answer investigators.