Newport "Ride the Ducks" resumes

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19)- Ride the Ducks (RTD) announced Thursday that it will resume operations at its Newport, Kentucky location beginning Friday.

Properties in Atlanta, Georgia; Branson, Missouri and San Francisco, California resumed service on July 10.

Philadelphia RTD operations will remain closed until further notice. Due to the seriousness of a July 7 collision in Philadelphia between a tugboat, barge and RTD amphibious vehicle and out of respect to the families, the company voluntarily suspended operations nationwide on July 8.

RTD continues to cooperate fully with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and local investigations.

"Taking the time off and reviewing our safety procedures and guidelines confirmed to us that our vehicles are safe and our staff is well-trained," said Eric Rose, Vice President and Executive Director of Ride the Ducks Newport. "Because we meet or exceed all requirements stipulated by the local office of the U.S. Coast Guard, we felt completely comfortable resuming operations here in Newport."

Ride the Ducks Newport utilizes customized amphibious vehicles crafted from models used during World War II to travel on the Ohio River and on city streets near Downtown Cincinnati and Newport telling the history of the region. Sites on the tour include Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium, the World Peace Bell, Newport Aquarium, Covington's Historic Riverside Drive and much more. The Newport attraction opened to the public in July 2008 and is the fifth 'Duck' service operated by Herschend Family Entertainment.

Guests with paid reservations that were canceled during the closure can receive a full refund or reschedule for a future date.

For an updated operations schedule, call the Newport Ducks hotline at (859) 815-1439 or visit the Ride the Ducks welcome center located on the Newport on the Levee plaza outside the main entrance to Newport Aquarium. Information is available online at

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