Sunken Duck Boat To Be Raised After Deadly Accident

Duck Boat Survivor Cries Over 9 Relatives’ Drowning & Reveals Captain Said They Didn’t Need Life Vests

The boat went down as Branson was under a severe thunderstorm warning. He noted they were originally created to assault beaches in World War II. "Because they did alter the route of the boat".

Officials say they were able to retrieve the recording box from the boat. The driver died in the sinking.

Tia Coleman's thoughts as she struggled to swim to the surface of the lake were focused on her family.

"I certainly have concerns about the ability to exit the vessel, to get out of it in an emergency situation." he said.

Jim Pattison Jr, president of Ripley Entertainment, the company that owns the ship, explained the decision. "I haven't seen any movement at any level to prevent something like this occurring".

A tour lasts about 70 minutes, with about half on land and half on water, the company's website says.

During the retrieval efforts, which began around 9 a.m., divers connected the Ride the Ducks boat to a crane that dragged the vessel from its resting place 80-feet deep in Table Rock Lake.

Coleman said the crew showed passengers where the life jackets were, but that they also said, "Don't worry about it, you won't need it".

According to weather data, the storm traveled hundreds of miles before it hit the lake, prompting severe-weather alerts as it moved along.

The boat sank Thursday night in churning waves near the tourist town of Branson.

Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the St. Louis area, has said he issued a written report in August 2017 for Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, after inspecting two dozen boats. The company operating the Branson duck boats has halted service. But Paul said the boat would have been heavily modified to make it longer so that only part of it dates to World War II.

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Thursday's sinking in Missouri isn't the first time that trouble with these tour vessels have turned fatal.

September 17, 2007: A California woman died in Ketchikan, Alaska, when a duck boat hit her as she was walking on a dock.

July 16, 2003: Sixty-three-year-old Rosemary Hamelburg fell backward off a duck boat onto a parking lot while taking a photo and died four days later. Also avoided was giving passengers instructions on what to do if the boat starts to sink. Orange life jackets were entwined in its opened roof.

Friday, US Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, said the recommendations were never enacted into law.

All the people who survived when a duck boat ferrying tourists sank in southern Missouri have been released from a hospital. They raised the front end to drain out more water. "They are death traps and sinking coffins", he told CNN. Normally, the duck boats are operated on calm lakes.

Branson Mayor Karen Best said Williams was a "great ambassador" for the city. "I feel like we did everything, at least we tried to do everything, by the book as meteorologists and we still had this awful tragedy on our hands". They were the only family aboard in which no one died.

Indianapolis resident Tia Coleman and 10 of her relatives had boarded the boat to tour Table Rock Lake on their family vacation.

During an emotional press conference on Saturday, Coleman said that when they boarded the boat the captain told them they would not need life jackets. But she thinks there is a reason she lived. "I had her through children's ministry".

"I've always loved water, I don't know if it's a Pisces or what, I've always loved water".

"I felt like, if I was able to get a life jacket I could have saved my babies because they could have at least floated up to the top and somebody could have grabbed them".

She said the whole time, she was trying to get to her children: "Lord, please, I've got to get to my babies".

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