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Duck boat, 2 bodies recovered from river

The duck boat was placed on a barge yesterday after it was pulled from the river. The boat sank Wednesday. The duck boat was placed on a barge yesterday after it was pulled from the river. The boat sank Wednesday. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 10, 2010

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PHILADELPHIA — Police retrieved two bodies from the Delaware River yesterday, the second one as they recovered the duck boat that was struck by a barge, leaving two young Hungarians missing after capsizing.

Authorities did not immediately confirm whether the second body was that of Szabolcs Prem, 20. He has been missing since Wednesday’s accident, which killed Dora Schwendtner, 16. Her body was recovered early yesterday nearly 2 miles downriver.

The second body surfaced from beneath a salvage barge after crews raised the amphibious tour boat from the river bottom and the barge began hauling it away.

Thirty-five people were rescued after a 250-foot barge ran over the duck boat.

Schwendtner’s body was identified from possessions shown to her fellow tourists, said Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the Philadelphia medical examiner. An autopsy showed she died of drowning, and her death has been ruled accidental.

Police and Coast Guard vessels surrounded the boat as it was lifted from the water and placed on a barge. Authorities plan to inspect it for clues to why it stalled, leading to the collision.

Schwendtner and Prem were among 22 Hungarian and US students and teachers on a tour hosted by Marshallton United Methodist Church in suburban Philadelphia.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators expect to spend more than a week working in Philadelphia before heading back to Washington, D.C., to continue their investigation.

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