NTSB to issue final cause of duck-boat accident Tuesday


The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday will issue findings from its final report on last summer's duck boat accident, including a final cause and safety recommendations.

At a public meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, the NTSB will discuss the final report of the board's investigation into the collision of the duck boat and a garbage barge that was being pushed by a tow boat. The July 7 accident on the Delaware River killed two Hungarian tourists.

Previous documents released by the NTSB showed minutes before the accident happend, the first mate on the tug was on his cell phone dealing with a family emergency instead of monitoring traffic on the river.

A summary of the NTSB report will appear on the agency's web site after the 9:30 a.m. meeting ends. The entire report will be avaiable on the web site several weeks after that.

The NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates such accidents.