Victims identified in Missouri duck boat tragedy

Tia Coleman Duck boat accident survivor

Tia Coleman Duck boat accident survivor

"However in doing that, when it was time to grab them it was too late". He said the boat's captain survived but its driver did not.

A duck boat full of passengers capsized on Thursday evening after being caught in a storm in Branson, Mo., claiming the lives of 17 people.

Sadly, she lost her husband and her three children along with other members of her family. "I have been on my lake most of my life and I have never seen it like this", Kettles said.

"I was yelling, I was screaming, and finally I said, 'Lord, just let me die, let me die, ' I said".

However, they are required to have enough personal floatation devices for all passengers and crew, including appropriately-sized jackets for all children on board. "Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving - that's me and my nephew", Coleman told Fox59.

Ride the Ducks is a national duck tour operator with locations across the United States, and the Branson operation was purchased past year by Ripley Entertainment, according to Suzanne Smagala-Potts, a spokeswoman for Ripley. I had asked and demanded that they be banned in 2010, and the very thing that we complained about is the very reason why they killed 17 people yesterday. Officials intent to try and salvage the vessel and are working with the owner, NTSB and experts in naval architecture to have a proper salvage plan in place.

The company had been operating for 47 years without incident, Mr Pattinson told CBS, adding that the captain had over 16 years of experience on the water.

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One counselor took a survivor with wet socks to the bathroom to help him dry them out, she said.

Gov. Parson said the main focus of the investigation is to unite the families and give them the resources needed.

An initial assessment blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength, but it was not clear why the amphibious vehicle even ventured out into the water.

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.

Investigators said stormy weather contributed to the crash.

"Debris was flying everywhere", Allison Lester said in an interview Friday. "It's a really unique circumstance in that the weather was really awful", said Caroline Storm, who rode with her toddler who had insisted ever since seeing the cartoon duck on the side of the boat when they arrived in town.

Barlow says while this is not a common situation, he says there are risks you take getting on a boat. I went over to Walmart and I just put a flower on each one of the windshields.

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Duck vehicles, inspired by watercraft used in the D-Day landing in World War II, are used on sightseeing tours around the world and have been involved in a number of fatal and non-fatal accidents on land and in the water in the past two decades, with 26 deaths in the past 20 years, not counting those who have died in Missouri.

The Thursday night accident was one of the deadliest United States tourist incidents in recent years. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved.

"Words can not convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking", it said.

"The courageous efforts of emergency responders and civilian rescuers helped avert an even worse tragedy, as people rushed to help in extremely unsafe conditions". A family member shared a photo that showed some of the victims.

"We are at Branson and on the showboat!"

Mr Pattinson said that he has been told by his employees that the accident was likely caused by "a fast-moving storm that came out of basically nowhere".

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