Dora Schwendtner, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, were thrown overboard along with 37 other passengers
Horrifying new footage was seen for the first time today of the moment a barge slammed into a tour boat drowning two college students.
Dora Schwendtner, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, died when a barge collided with a duck boat on the Delaware River in July 2010, causing 37 people to be thrown into the water.
The video – released days before a wrongful death suit goes to court – shows the 80-yard-long barge moving toward the duck boat, which had broken down, and then driving over the smaller vessel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Moments before the fatal collision, in the footage obtained by NBC, the deckhand on the duck boat appears to be engrossed in his cell phone sending a text message.
Attorneys for the parents of the two Hungarian foreign exchange students who died released the tape days before a civil wrongful death lawsuit goes to federal court.
The tour leader can be seen leaping from the vessel as those on board, none wearing their orange life jackets, flail around in terror.
Attorneys for the victims’ families have said the vessel lacked an emergency air horn and radio and had overhead canopies that trapped the two victims underwater when the boat capsized.
They also say passengers were not made to wear life preservers until moments before the crash.
Dora Schwendtner, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, were killed on July 7 when the barge slammed into the boat about 150 feet from the shore.
Deaths: Dora Schwendtner, 16 (left) and Szabolcs Prem, 20, were both killed in the 2010 crash