PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Lawyers for the families of the two tourists killed in last year’s duck boat accident say the NTSB findings released today (see related story) only bolster their conclusions — not to mention their pending legal action.

Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi says that Hunganian students Dora Schwendtner and Szabolcs Prem would be alive today were it not for the negligence of “Ride the Ducks” and tugboat operator K-Sea Partnerships (see previous story).

Their families are shocked by the investigative findings, says Mongeluzzi, who believes the NTSB report will play a major role in the ongoing litigation.

“The NTSB blamed both companies, the employees of both companies and they found that these failures were multiple failures,” Mongeluzzi says, and adds that just like cell phone use is illegal behind the wheel of a car, the cell phones of ship operators should be left on shore.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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