Coast Guard to raise duck boat that sank in storm killing 17

Arturo Kim
July 23, 2018

Nine of the 11 members of the Coleman family who boarded the boat on Thursday were killed, including four children under the age of 10.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the 31 people aboard the boat weren't wearing life jackets when the it sank.

The amphibious vehicles were originally designed for the military, specifically to transport troops and supplies in the Second World War.

"This storm didn't come out of nowhere", she said.

Suzanne Smagala with Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said the company was assisting authorities with their investigation.

The company has not commented on Ms Coleman's account of the tour, which usually begins with a tour of downtown Branson, known for its country shows and entertainment, before the vessel enters the lake for a short ride on the water.

"It was such a tragedy", said Lawson, 61, of Branson, who delivered the flowers.

14 passengers and crew were saved.

At least three other people remained hospitalised in Branson in stable and fair conditions, local media reported. A total of nine members of her family perished.

Coleman said she hit her head as she tried to exit the boat and was later pulled from the water.

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Safety experts are raising concerns about duck boats after one of these amphibious vessels sank in Branson, Mo., leaving 17 people dead. Others killed came from Missouri, Arkansas and IL.

Janice Bright, 63, and William Bright, 65, had recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary before they were killed in the disaster.

The couple have three daughters and 16 grandchildren - their 17th was on the way.

Other victims included Steve Smith, a retired teacher from Osceola, Arkansas, and his teenage son, Lance; William and Janice Bright, a married couple from Higginsville, Missouri; William Asher and his partner, Rosemarie Hamann from Missouri; and Leslie Dennison from IL, according to family friends, CNN affiliates and local media reports. Her final Facebook photo was a selfie with Asher.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the canopy trapped them as the ship went down and helped contribute to the high loss of life. They were so in love.

"When she reached the surface, battered by waves, she said people on a showboat nearby were jumping into the water saving people".

In an interview with ABC News reporter Bill Hutchinson, he said that the Ride the Ducks boats should not have been on that water at all that day due to the ominous weather reports. I don't know who they were.

Chance also brought the Colemans aboard the doomed vessel.

"As far as the tourists, I think it's kind of scared them", Cardwell said. The riders were reportedly told before they boarded that they didn't have to wear life jackets.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says the investigation into the deadly sinking of a ducks boat in Branson is in its early stages. NTSB member Earl Weener winds were 2 miles per hour short of hurricane force at the time.

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