Boston duck boat company issues statement after Missouri tragedy

Boston duck boat company issues statement after Missouri tragedy

Divers on Friday pulled the last four bodies from the wreckage of a "duck boat" that sank in a storm in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest us tourist incidents in recent years. Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour. At the time, he said, the water seemed calm, and no one was anxious about the weather. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation into the accident. As I felt the water temperature raise, I jumped up and I saw the boat that sits out there.

"We do not allow our Ducks to go into the Charles River if there is lightning in the area or if conditions are forecasted to exceed our operating parameters set by the U.S. Coast Guard", said Bob Schwartz, a spokesman for the company.

Coleman said she and her family travel to Branson often for vacation. Haunting video taken from another nearby boat at the time of incident showed the small white vessel struggling through high winds and waves.

The boat was carrying 31 people, and 14 survived. He said there were life jackets on board, but he did not know whether people were wearing them.

"The Miss Majestic event in Arkansas is one that they're probably going to be looking at to try and understand (the Branson accident)", former NTSB chair Deborah Hersman said.

Nine members of the Coleman family died in the boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson
Nine members of the Coleman family died in the boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson

As of 7:15 a.m. Friday, officials said at least 13 people are dead and four are still missing.

The tourist boat capsized and sank in as Thursday's storms hit the popular lake.

The captain of the boat told everyone "don't worry about grabbing life jackets - you won't need them", and everyone followed the instructions, Coleman said.

Steve Lindenberg, a meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri some 72 kilometres north of Branson, said a string of severe thunderstorms had barrelled through the area, causing significant tree damage and downed power lines.

"They go in and kind of around an island and back".

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Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Thursday that stormy weather likely made the boat sank.

Multiple dive teams from a number of law enforcement agencies were assisting in the rescue and recovery effort.

Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson, said it recently acquired the vessel involved in the incident. The duck boat was one of two in the water at the time but the other safely reached shore. Several fatal accidents have occurred since they were repurposed as tourist vehicles, including one in 2015 in which five students were killed when one collided with a bus in Seattle.

That includes a 1999 tragedy in Arkansas when the "Miss Majestic" duck boat rapidly sank into Lake Hamilton, killing 13 of its 21 passengers.

Flowers have been placed on several cars in the auto park of the duck boat firm, with the vehicles thought to belong to some of the victims.

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