Coast Guard to raise Missouri tourist boat after deadly sinking

Coast Guard to raise Missouri tourist boat after deadly sinking

Coast Guard to raise Missouri tourist boat after deadly sinking

Rescue personnel work after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media.

The boat was on a tour with 31 people on board when the storm swept across Table Rock Lake with wind speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

Nine of the 17 people who died in a duck boat accident were from the same family, a spokesperson for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the sinking could take up to a year to complete.

"I don't know how I'm going to do it", she said.

The driver of the duck boat, Robert Williams, 73, died in the sinking, said his widow, Judy Williams. "I didn't know how to get out".

Critics say the boats are unsafe because they sit low in the water, are easily capsized and the canopy can trap people underneath when boats sink, according to a Philadelphia attorney who represented victims in a different duck boat incident.

On Thursday, the area around Branson was placed under a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 6:30 p.m. local, about half an hour before the boat sank.

The man who inspected the duck boats involved in Thursday's tragic accident, near Branson, warned the company about the dangers almost a year ago. To lose so many loved ones in an instant is horrifying, and I can not imagine the depth of pain the Coleman's friends and family are going through now. "I believe that a lot of people could have been spared".

When asked by reporters on Saturday what it'll be like to return home to Indianapolis, Coleman said she knows it will be "completely, completely hard".

Coleman eventually managed to swim to shore, and her nephew also survived the accident.

Steve Paul, the owner of St. Louis-based Test Drive technologies said he issued a written report to Ripley Entertainment last August - explaining how their "Ride the Duck" boats' engines - and pumps that remove water from their hulls - might fail. Of her immediate family, she said Glenn Coleman was a "loving" husband, while Reese was the "happiest, sweetest little boy" who was autistic and "made every day worth living". "I don't know how I'm going to do it", Coleman said. 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".

Coleman said the captain took over the boat, and the big swells of water started coming over. But when the water filled up the boat.

Coleman said in a previous interview with NBC affiliate WTHR of Indianapolis that during the trip the captain told passengers where the life jackets were, but said they would not be needed.

State and federal investigators were trying to determine what caused the vessel, originally built for military use in the Second World War, to crash.

"They were jumping in and saving people".

The boat has sat at the bottom of the lake near Branson, MO, since it capsized and sank. She said the crew and passengers were aware there was a storm brewing, but the water was calm when they set out on their cruise.

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