Duck boat crash survivor calls boating accident 'harrowing'

Duck boat crash survivor Sandy Cohen shared a lifejacket with a Hungarian teenager until she was pulled out of the water.

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    This frame grab made from video released by CBS3 (KYW-TV) shows rescuers assisting passengers that were aboard a sightseeing boat that was knocked over by an oncoming barge in the Delaware River Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in Philadelphia.
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A survivor of Wednesday's duck boat accident in Philadelphia calls her 10 minutes or so floating in the Delaware River "harrowing" and "surreal."

Sixty-seven-year-old Sandy Cohen of Durham, N.C., decided to take a tour while her husband, a doctor, attended a meeting.

She says it was first just an inconvenience when smoke started to roll out of the boat's engine as it entered the water. She says the tour guide said a tug boat would be on its way to carry passengers back to shore.

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She was on the phone with her husband to let him know she'd be late when she heard screams and saw a barge approaching. Within seconds, she was in the water.

Cohen says she shared a lifejacket with a Hungarian teenager until she was pulled out of the water.

Two of the 37 people aboard the boat are missing.

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