Tug­boat pi­lot won’t talk in duck boat in­quiry

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

PHILADEL­PHIA — A crew mem­ber re­fus­ing to talk to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors about a fa­tal duck boat crash in Philadel­phia was pi­lot­ing the tug­boat push­ing a barge that slammed into the duck boat, a Coast Guard of­fi­cial said. The mate ex­er­cised his Fifth Amend­ment right against self­in­crim­i­na­tion and re­fused to meet with in­ves­ti­ga­tors over the week­end, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said. The crew of the duck boat told the agency that its ra­dio calls to the tug “re­ceived no re­sponse,” al­though other boat op­er­a­tors nearby re­ported hear­ing them.

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