A stalled Ride the Ducks boat sunk yesterday in Philadelphia when an 800-foot, sludge-carrying barge hit its broadside. Two passengers remain missing today, and the chances of finding them alive are slim -- Philly's police commissioner said search divers could only see three inches in front of their face in the murky Delaware River. But despite the tragedy, you'll still see the amphibious tourist-carriers driving and sailing around Seattle.
That's because our city's ducks are independently owned and separate from the Georgia parent company that operates Philly's boats. But before you send your in-laws quacking, know this: the incident in the City of Brotherly Love isn't the only time a duck has gotten wet.
As The New York Timesreports, in 2000 another duck boat sank in Lake Michigan. And a year before that, a duck boat sank on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, killing 13 of the 21 people on board.