Locals are among the survivors of duck boat accident - KMOV.com

Locals are among the survivors of duck boat accident

A school psychologist from Waterloo and his nine year old daughter are among the 35 passengers who survived a collision with a barge on the Delaware river.

Kevin and Ruby Grace were on a summer trip to Philadelphia when their tour boat stalled on the water. Kevin Grace later told his wife, Allison, that he had seconds to react after he spotted a barge heading straight for the idled boat. He quickly put a life jacket on his daughter and tossed her overboard just before the barge collided with the tour boat.

"He had to toss her over and jump in after her and he said he had to pull her up by the hair to get her up and out. She talks a little bit about that too and how it just seemed like she was underwater forever," said Allison.

They swam to shore where Kevin Grace borrowed a cell phone from a firefighter to call his wife, who was back in Waterloo.

Kevin was not injured. Doctors told the family that Ruby sustained a bump on her head and a possible mild concussion.  They were on their way home Thursday night.

Allison says another mother and son from Belleville were also on the duck boat and survived.

Two people, a 16 year old and 20 year old from Hungary, are still missing.

The duck tour uses an amphibious vehicle to drive tourists on Philidelphia streets before pulling into the river:  www.ridetheducks.com/home.aspx

Diana Zoga is a general assignment reporter for News4.  You can reach her at dzoga@kmov.com or follow Diana on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/DIANAZOGA

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