COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR TWO AFTER COLLISION NEAR PHILADELPHIA

coast_guardCrews of the Coast Guard, Philadelphia fire and police, New Jersey police and others are searching for two people after a collision between a duck boat and a barge near Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

Six of the passengers have injuries and have been taken to local hospitals.

At 2:39 p.m. a collision occurred between a duck boat with 35 passengers and two crewmen and an approximately 250-foot barge on the Delaware River in about 10 feet of water.

The Coast Guard launched boat crews from Station Philadelphia and Aids to Navigation Team Philadelphia and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., to rescue those in distress.

The Captain of the Port of Philadelphia has closed the river to all traffic between the Walt Whitman and Ben Franklin bridges until further notice.

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