PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A tug pilot distracted by a family emergency says he prays for the families who lost two children when he steered a barge into a stalled tour boat in Philadelphia.
Pilot Matthew Devlin of Catskill, N.Y., is speaking publicly for the first time about the July 2010 accident at his sentencing hearing. Devlin faces more than three years for involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors say Devlin was on a cellphone and laptop dealing with his son's medical emergency when the barge struck the duck boat, sending 37 people into the Delaware River and killing two Hungarian students.
The 35-year-old Devlin says he sees images of the bodies and flotation devices in the water every day.
Prosecutors played a video of the crash and one from the victims' families in Hungary.