Duck boat captain said life jackets not needed — Survivor

Seventeen dead, more missing after storm sinks 'duck boat'

Seventeen people - the youngest just a year old - died when the amphibious boat with 31 aboard sank in stormy conditions at the Table Rock Lake near Branson.

It was found by police divers but authorities say it could take several days to pull it out of the water.

Rader said there were life vests on board the vessel but it's unclear if the passengers had them on. "We have to bring nine bodies, four babies, home".

The NTSB - which is now investigating Thursday's incident in Missouri - said duck boat operators should be required to use boats that "remain upright and afloat in a fully flooded condition" and to remove canopies or install a "Coast Guard-approved canopy that does not restrict either horizontal or vertical escape by passengers in the event of sinking". "These are hard vehicles that require special operational care and attention to the safety of all whether on land or in water".

Officials said all bodies have now been recovered from the accident.

The thunderstorm involved was part of a fast-moving complex that originated in Kansas and unleashed powerful winds all along its path.

According to local weather stations, a severe thunderstorm warning was put into effect about 30 minutes before the boat capsized and sunk. "He made an effect on many lives".

"This is not 1901", he wrote.

"When we first went into the water, it was calm", he recalled. Gov. Mike Parson's office confirmed the fatalities on Friday, saying two other members of the family survived.

Parson committed all state resources to help in the investigation.

"From what I understand, there were life jackets in the duck (boat)", Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.

An email seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the Ride the Ducks boat, was not immediately returned. But he acknowledged that the boat should not have been out.

"It shouldn't have been in the water if what happened, happened", Pattison told the CBS This Morning show. "It is absolutely devastating". In total, 17 people died, including 9 members of the same family.

Rader also said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security at the Showboat Branson Belle showboat helped rescue some of the passengers.

The weather had been nice until shortly before the disaster, Allison Lester, who saw what happened from a nearby boat, said in another television interview. But as she and Behr boarded the dinner cruise boat, "the wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere", she said. "It was just suddenly and out of nowhere".

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Video footage captured from the lakeshore showed two amphibious vessels, known as duck boats for their ability to operate on land and water, struggling to move through the waves.

When the storm seemed imminent he had rushed to the lake to urge guests and boats to evacuate, as rough waves began slamming into his resort pier.

"Those poor people", a woman says in the video.

You can find them in Boston, Seattle, and almost every coastal or water-adjacent city.

The risk of heavy weather was apparent hours before the boat left shore. The accident prompted the state Legislature in MA to pass a law that now prohibits duck boat drivers from simultaneously serving as narrator and tour guide. "They were coming back toward land".

Seattle: The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles' axles sheared off and it collided with a bus in Seattle in 2015, killing five international students, critically injuring eight and seriously injuring eight others. Dozens of people were injured.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District has labelled the tragedy, which took place on a Ride The Ducks boat, a "mass casualty".

Another family member Carolyn Coleman stated two of her brother-in-laws had died in the accident. This business has been operating for 47 years and we've never had an incident like this or anything close to it.

"I look at my family here, and this could've been us", Ed Brown, who was at the vigil, told CNN affiliate KMIZ. The first boat capsized around 7 p.m.

"We have a clear line of sight to both across the water", Zerby said.

The city of Branson opened its city hall for survivors and relatives of the sinking.

Mayor Karen Best said Branson is typically a city "full of smiles".

A Philadelphia lawyer who has advocated for victims of other duck boat disasters, said duck boats' canopy roof turned the vessels into a "death trap" even for anyone wearing a life preserver. "I believe that a lot of people could have been spared". "All of our hearts are completely broken right now".

President Trump also expressed his condolences for the victims Friday morning on Twitter.

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