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Monday, July 12, 2010

Ride The Ducks Boat Tours Quacking Again In San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge Like a duck back to water...
  • Like a duck back to water...
Just when we were getting used to the pleasant absence of tourists quacking "Tequila" down Fourth Street, San Francisco Ride the Ducks resumed its operations. The company had grounded its tours last week following the drowning death of two Hungarian tourists in the Delaware River when a barge struck and sunk their amphibious vehicle.

Ride the Ducks resumed tours Saturday here, Atlanta, and in

Branson,

Missouri.



Tourists, apparently, are not spooked by the accident and continue

to line up for their chance to toot a duck bill-shaped whistle and plunge into

the bay. Company VP of Marketing Bob Salmon said the San Francisco ticket sales were "normal, maybe a little bit below normal" over the weekend, but that  likely owed to the fact the company stopped taking advance reservations on Thursday and Friday in addition to not running tours. The woman who answered the phone at the company's ticket booth

said, 'It's just been like a regular Monday." 

The company said it had voluntarily suspended tours to review

it maintenance procedures and out of respect to the families of the

victims. Salmon says the company hasn't made any changes to its procedures. The company still hasn't re-started its operations in Philadelphia and Newport,

Kentucky.


Before the crash last week, the doomed duck's tour operator had radioed the

tugboat pushing the incoming barge and blown its air horn but received no response. Federal

authorities said today said the tugboat's mate has pleaded the

fifth in the ongoing investigation of the crash.


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