Duck boat safety could improve

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The Coast Guard on Sunday said that salvage operations for the duck boat are tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Thirty-one people were on board the Ride the Ducks Branson amphibious vessel last week when it set sail on Table Rock Lake near Branson. Alicia's father, Todd Dennison, told the Kansas City Star that his daughter recalled feeling her grandmother below her, pushing her upward after the boat capsized.

All the people who survived when a duck boat ferrying tourists sank in southern Missouri have been released from a hospital. " 'If they don't make it, Lord, take me too".

Reports about the NTSB findings have resurfaced since the sinking of the "Ride the Ducks" boat in Stone County, Mo., Thursday. I don't know how I am going to do it. Her husband and three children, including a 1-year-old, all died. The boat struggled against the turbulent waves on Table Rock Lake, a normally placid body of water churned by a violent thunderstorm.

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. "I couldn't see anybody", she said.


"It helps us remember and helps us to be grateful for every day, and hopefully it will be comforting for the families", said Katie Garrett, a tourist who stopped by with her grandchildren. "I believe that a lot of people could have been spared".

"That's only a 2-mile-per-hour difference", Weener said, and the waves weren't much easier.

"They were, oh my God, jumping in saving people, they were throwing life rafts to everybody", Coleman said.

"I said, 'Lord, please, let me get to my babies, " she told reporters from her wheelchair Saturday in the lobby of a hospital, where she's recovering after swallowing lake water. Martin says there is "no explanation" and that the family is suffering from survivors' guilt. "And I wasn't able to do that".

One of the surviving relative told American media outlets that the captain of the boat told the 31 passengers not to put on life jackets.


When Coleman surfaced, she waved her arms in the water and shouted for help to a nearby boat.

Now, people from all over are coming to the Ride the Ducks building to leave gifts and flowers out front, showing their support any way they can.

Another witness, Trent Behr said people rushed to try and save the duck boat passengers and crew. One boats made it to safety, but the other capsized and sank.

Coleman said the boat's captain, who was among the survivors, pointed out the life jackets but told those aboard there was no need for them.

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


Branson Mayor Karen Best said Williams, the boat driver, was known by many as "Captain Bob" and was a "great ambassador" for the city.

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