Ride the Ducks sus­pends op­er­a­tions in Philadel­phia

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The op­er­a­tor of the pop­u­lar Philadel­phia duck boat tours has sus­pended op­er­a­tions in the city “in­def­i­nitely,” the com­pany said.

Bran­son, Mis­souri-based Ride the Ducks an­nounced on its web­site Wed­nes­day that it made the move due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

“Due to cir­cum­stances out­side of our con­trol in­clud­ing a 330% in­crease in our in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums, con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions in Philadel­phia are not fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble at this time,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

Ride the Ducks, which uses am­phibi­ous sight­see­ing ve­hi­cles to show tourists the sights on land and water, be­gan op­er­a­tions in the city in 2003.

The com­pany’s state­ment did not ad­dress ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing duck boats that have oc­curred in Philadel­phia.

In May 2015, a duck boat struck and killed a 68-year-old Texas woman who was cross­ing the street. And in July 2010, a tug­boat-guided barge struck a duck boat on the Delaware River, killing two Hun­gar­ian tourists. The tug pi­lot, who was talk­ing on his cell­phone at the time, was sen­tenced to a year in prison. The duck boats did not op­er­ate for eight months af­ter­ward.

An at­tor­ney whose law firm rep­re­sented the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of both duck boat ac­ci­dents in Philadel­phia said the city is a safer place now that Ride that Ducks has sus­pended op­er­a­tions.

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