Duck boat tragedy: Stricken vessel raised to surface of Table Rock Lake

Duck boat tragedy: Stricken vessel raised to surface of Table Rock Lake

The NTSB is focusing on figuring out why the boat sank. A boat pushed it toward the shore.

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

Others killed were from Missouri, Arkansas and IL. It sank 40 feet and then rolled to an area 80 feet deep, according to local investigators.

The Coast Guard plans to transport the boat to a secure facility where investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will use it to piece together what went terribly wrong that day.

The industry took little heed, said Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney who has represented victims of duck boat crashes.

Also killed were 64-year-old Leslie Dennison of IL, and 53-year-old Steve Smith and his son, 15-year-old Lance Smith, both from Arkansas.

Tia Coleman talked about the support she has received from family and friends and her faith since surviving the duck boat tragedy that left nine of her relatives dead. She and her nephew Donovan were the only two of their family who survived.

Other victims were from Missouri, Indiana and IL.

A total of nine members of her family perished.

Coleman said she's never been through something this hard. Missouri law requires boat passengers ages 7 and younger to wear life jackets on the water, but commercial vessels are exempt.

The Joplin Globe reports a church bell chimed 17 times Sunday at Williams Chapel at College of the Ozarks to honor the victims.

"When that boat is found, all those life jackets are going to be on there", Coleman said.

David Sater on Monday said he's waiting on the results of the federal investigation into Thursday's accident, but pledged that "this issue will not get dropped".

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Nine members of one extended family from IN - all with the Coleman surname - died.

"I'm sure eventually it will be subpoenaed", he said.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Seventeen of the 31 people on the boat were killed.

The Coast Guard prohibited the vessel from operating from January 2015 to April 2015, but the report does not state a reason other than "hazardous/unsafe condition". Martin says there is "no explanation" and that the family is suffering from survivors' guilt. All of those aboard the boat who had been taken to a hospital had been released by Monday morning.

Cox Health Center Branson said Sunday night in a tweet that it was "happy to announce" all seven had been discharged.

The boat sank Thursday evening as storms brought nearly hurricane-strength winds to the lake. Coleman said her home was always filled with people, and now her three children and husband were stolen from her.

Coleman told reporters that she hit her head as she tried to exit the boat, possibly butting up against the canopy.

"I said, 'Jesus please keep me, just keep me so I can get to my children, '" Coleman told television station KOLR.

An initial assessment blamed thunderstorms, but it was not clear why the amphibious vehicle even ventured into the water.

"But when that water came over the boat, I didn't know what happened", Tia said in a press conference, reported PEOPLE.

"My feeling after seeing this one is that the only thing to do in the name of public safety is to ban them", Hall told USA Today. Others killed came from Missouri, Arkansas and IL. The National Transportation Safety Board is hoping the recorder will assist in their investigation into why the boat sank. "But of course that's part of what we'll be looking at", NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway told NPR. Taking the boat out at that hour of Thursday evening was inexplicable, he said.

Ripley Entertainment Inc., the parent company of the duck boat business, has not responded to CNN's request for a response to Paul's comments.

The Ride the Ducks Branson tour company has halted its tours, posting on its website, "We remain deeply saddened by the tragic accident".

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