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Thursday, July 8, 2010

San Francisco Ride The Ducks Grounded After Company Boat Sinks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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We've written an entire cover story about the fierce rivalry between the two duck boat tour operators at Fisherman's Wharf -- the corporate-chain Ride the Ducks vs. the only-in-San Francisco Bay Quackers. Well, Bay Quackers has the duck market to themselves today for the most tragic of reasons: Ride The Ducks in San Francisco halted tours after one of the company's amphibious boats turned out not to be all that amphibious after all, sinking in the Delaware River yesterday after it was struck by a barge. Two passengers are still missing.

San Francisco Ride the Ducks manager Cory Roebuck says the company has

"voluntarily" stopped tours nationwide, and didn't know when they'd

start the tours that usually leave the wharf every half hour.

That means it's just Bay Quackers running right now. Still, the woman who

answered the phone told us that the company hadn't experienced any more customers today than usual.

Maybe customers are just steering clear of the duck rides altogether

after yesterday's shock. We almost miss the tourists quacking "Oye Como

Va" and "Tequila" on their duck whistles as they pass here on Fourth

Street. Almost. 

Check for updates on Ride the Ducks' local operations on the company's Facebook


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