October 2nd, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Families of duck boat victims oppose resumption of service

The Ride the Ducks tour boat was carrying 35 passengers and two crew members in the collision.

The families of two young Hungarians who drowned in a duck boat accident in July said they opposed the tour company's decision to resume service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next year.

Ride The Ducks and the City of Philadelphia announced Friday that the amphibious boat tours will resume in March 2011 using the Schuylkill River for the water portion of the tour.

Two student tourists from Hungary, Dora Schwendtner, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, died when a 250-foot sludge barge pushed by a tugboat overran a Ride the Ducks tour boat, plunging the amphibious vessel with its 35 passengers and two crew members under the surface of the Delaware River.

Boating accident brings tragic halt to summer exchange program

Regardless of the change in route, a lawyer for the victims' families said they disagreed with the decision. Citing safety concerns over the vessel's buoyancy raised by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2002, attorney Robert Mongeluzzi said the boats are inherently unsafe.


September 8th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Asteroid narrowly misses Earth

A small asteroid passed within the moon's distance from the Earth on Wednesday morning, and another will do likewise later in the day, space watchers say.

The objects don't pose a threat to Earth, and they will not be visible to the naked eye, said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Program, which tracks potentially hazardous asteroids and comets within 28 million miles of Earth.

Near-Earth asteroid 2010 RX30, which is estimated to be 32 to 65 feet in diameter, passed within 154,000 miles of Earth at 5:51 a.m. ET Wednesday, the website PopFi.com confirmed.

The second object, 2010 RF12, estimated to be 20 to 46 feet in diameter, will pass within 49,088 miles of Earth at 5:12 pm ET.


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