Tug pilot faces prison for ramming stalled boat

Author:
Publish date:

A Philadelphia tug pilot who admitted talking on a cellphone as he steered a barge into a tour boat, killing two foreign students, faced more than three years in prison Tuesday at his federal sentencing.

The pilot was consumed by a family emergency and spent most of the hour before the crash on a cellphone and laptop, investigators found. He is seeking probation or house arrest after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the July 7, 2010 duck boat crash.

Click here for the full report.