The National Transportation Safety Board continued to investigate the July 7 deaths of two Hungarian tourists in a collision between a duck boat and a tug-and-barge on the Delaware River near downtown Philadelphia.
Tom Rau is an expert on boating safety who served 27 years in the Coast Guard (California and Lake Michigan). He retired in 2002 as a senior chief, responsible for the auxiliary substation at South Haven, Mich. He has participated in about 500 search-and-rescue missions.
A Florida boatbuilder - with financial support from singer Jimmy Buffett - will build at least four flats boats modified to rescue wildlife from oil-soaked marshes along the Gulf Coast.
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