Eleven dead after duck-boat capsizes in stormy Missouri lake

23 July, 2018, 17:32 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Duck Boat Survivor Cries Over 9 Relatives’ Drowning & Reveals Captain Said They Didn’t Need Life Vests

Ms Coleman said she plunged deep into the lake and did not know how she was able to survive.

Nine of the victims were the Colemans.

In a statement, Herschend Family Entertainment said they are, "heartbroken about the accident and their prayers are with the victims".

Coleman said she thought it was the end for her.

"We love Bob. Bob was more than a board member, he was a friend, mentor, and father, and grandfather to our family".

The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches. And I started floating. She added that none of the passengers had on life vests because the captain said they didn't need to "worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them".

A survivor of the tourist boat accident that killed 17 people, including nine of her relatives, says the captain of the boat told passengers not to bother grabbing life jackets.

That person is in good condition, a spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson hospital said. Seventeen never made it back to shore. Seven of the 14 survivors were hurt.

"We were shouting, trying to direct people".

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader previously confirmed to that media outlet that the captain was among those who survived the accident.

Another witness, Trent Behr said people rushed to try and save the duck boat passengers and crew.

She praised the people who tried to save others from drowning, calling them "heroes who did everything in their power to save lives". A Fitzco representative declined to comment Sunday other than saying the company was meeting with the Coast Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol when the News-Leader called.

Readings near Branson when the boat went down showed winds of up to 73 miles per hour (117 kph), two miles (3.2 km) shy of hurricane force, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday.

If you'd like to help the victims of the duck boat tragedy in Branson, Missouri, there are several different fundraising campaigns now accepting cash donations.

"They are unsafe on land and on water". The boats' history dates to World War II, when such vessels were a common sight due to their versatility.

Paul said he won't know if the boat that sank is one that he inspected until it has been recovered from the lake.

The "black box" of the duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake is now in the hands of federal investigators. On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard plans to retrieve the boat and bring it to the surface to be examined.

Jim Pattison Jr., the president of Ripley Entertainment, which owns the duck boat tour company involved in the incident, told "CBS This Morning" on Friday the boat "shouldn't have been in the water".

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