Duck tours suspended - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Duck tours suspended

Nathan Foos Nathan Foos

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The fate of Duck Boat Tours is still in limbo. This, after a deadly accident on the Mainland and on Oahu, one exploded.

Hawaii Duck Tours uses World War II amphibious boats that are 60 years old. They started up on Maui and eventually moved to Oahu.

That's because the Coast Guard says new rules allowed the company to run only in protected harbors, like Keehi Lagoon.

We're told a fatal accident about 10 years ago on the Mainland, caused the new regulations. In that incident, 13 people drowned when the boat sank.

After years of no major issues, Duck Boat Tours swam into some trouble this week, including an incident on Oahu.

While trying to start up a boat at a Kakaako warehouse, a flash fire broke out. The operator suffered second degree burns.

The next day on the Delaware River, two people were killed when a barge rammed their duck boat.

The Coast Guard says the Mainland incident had nothing to do with the duck boat suspension here.

"It's an entirely different owner, on East Coast and the owner here only has two vessels, but of course it looks like preliminary information from that casualty was some kind of engine failure or problem, we're going to keep an eye and see how that investigation goes also," Commander Jason Neubauer of the Honolulu Coast Guard Division said.

Visitors are also watching the situation closely.

"It's just a freak accident probably, I have no problem with taking one," California visitor Nathan Foos said. "It was good when I was in Boston."

Hawaii Duck Tours refused to comment on the recent incident.

The Coast Guard took away Hawaii Duck Tours' operating certificate, but they plan on doing a follow-up inspection on Friday.

Copyright 2010 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

    Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:45 AM EST2017-12-15 12:45:42 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 9:34 AM EST2017-12-18 14:34:48 GMT
    Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate.More >>
    Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate.More >>
  • Forecast: Mostly clear skies, some vog ahead of strong cold front

    Forecast: Mostly clear skies, some vog ahead of strong cold front

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:04 AM EST2017-12-18 05:04:59 GMT
    Image: Hawaii News NowImage: Hawaii News Now

    Light winds and mostly clear skies are in the forecast for Monday, but an approaching cold front will combine with abundant moisture from the south to bring heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms to most of the state by Monday night and Tuesday.

    More >>

    Light winds and mostly clear skies are in the forecast for Monday, but an approaching cold front will combine with abundant moisture from the south to bring heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms to most of the state by Monday night and Tuesday.

    More >>
  • Flash Flood Watch to take effect Monday night

    Flash Flood Watch to take effect Monday night

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:58 PM EST2017-12-18 03:58:55 GMT
    Image: Kevin Olson/FileImage: Kevin Olson/File

    Abundant moisture ahead of a slow-moving cold front could result in heavy showers and thunderstorms starting Monday night for Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island. 

    More >>

    Abundant moisture ahead of a slow-moving cold front could result in heavy showers and thunderstorms starting Monday night for Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly