Duck boat that sank in storm killing 17 raised

Duck boat that sank in storm killing 17 raised

Tia Coleman, a passenger on the boat who was sitting near the front, told reporters Saturday that passengers were told a storm was coming before going out on the water.

Branson Mayor Karen Best speaks at a community wide memorial service on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri for the families, friends and victims of the duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake. He also said duck boat industry leaders and state leaders also never took enough action after the NTSB's recommendations in 2001. The NTSB's report on that accident found that roofs or canopies on duck boats greatly endanger passengers in the event of a sinking.

Duck boats travel on both land and water and are popular among tourists in major cities. Ride the Ducks will be closed for business while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.

None of the 31 passengers onboard was wearing a life jacket, according to a report released Saturday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Coast Guard will oversee the salvage efforts, which at their most basic involve divers connecting the crane to the duck boat and the crane yanking it from the lake floor.

Others killed included a Missouri couple who had just celebrated a birthday; another Missouri couple on what was planned as their last extended vacation; an IL woman who died while saving her granddaughter's life; an Arkansas father and son; and a retired pastor who was the boat's operator.

A fire chaplain, Steve Martin, said that while most of the people who died were visitors, "they are not strangers to us".

The boat sank Thursday night in churning waves near the tourist town of Branson. The canopies on top of the vessels make it almost impossible to escape if they are tipped over.




While underwater, divers also took photos of the boat to be used in the investigation.

The NTSB and multiple duck boat companies declined to comment on the safety issue.

Paul said he won't know if the boat that sank is one that he inspected until it has been recovered from the lake. "Why would those boats, which ride very low in the water on a calm day, even be operating given the severe weather conditions and posted small craft advisories? They would not have been trapped inside the vehicle, and fewer passengers might have been killed", the report said. It does not show passengers jumping clear.

The decision to go out on the water and whether to advise passengers to use life jackets were "operational decisions" by the captain and are under investigation, he said. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved". And we did what families do.

But when pressed on whether the boat should have been in the water with a severe storm approaching, Patterson agreed "it shouldn't have been in the water, if what happened, happened".

Missouri regulations require personal floatation devices to be on board and require all children under the age of seven to wear a life vest while boating, unless the boat has a top, just like a duck boat.

General Motors developed the DUKW in 1942 to get supplies and reinforcements to World War II troops, and the amphibious vehicles became known as "ducks".

Safety advocates have sought improvements and complained that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

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