SLIDESHOW: People mourn Missouri duck boat accident victims

SLIDESHOW: People mourn Missouri duck boat accident victims

SLIDESHOW: People mourn Missouri duck boat accident victims

Storm warnings were in place for hours before the amphibious "duck boat" entered Table Rock lake, near the town of Branson.

'I lost all my children. She said they had just gone on a paddle boat and were planning to go again.

Victims from the Coleman family were identified asMaxwell Coleman, 2; Reece Coleman, 9; and Evan Coleman, 7; Angela Coleman, 45, Belinda Coleman, 69, Ervin Coleman, 76, Glenn Coleman, 40, and Horace Coleman, 70.

Nine relatives were among 17 people killed when a boat carrying tourists sank during a storm earlier this week in the U.S. state of Missouri, according to officials. An initial assessment blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength, but it wasn't clear why the amphibious vehicle even ventured into the water.

"There was a warning... the warning people said take them out to the water first, before the storm hits", she told Fox59 of Indianapolis.

Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area Thursday evening.

"I certainly have concerns about the ability to exit the vessel, to get out of it in an emergency situation." he said.

Thursday's sinking in Missouri isn't the first time trouble with the tour vessel turned fatal.

Stone County sheriff Doug Rader said the sunken boat was now lying in 80ft (24m) of water. All but the boat's two crew members were tourists - visitors from somewhere else.

"I look at my family here, and this could've been us", Ed Brown, who was at the vigil, told CNN affiliate KMIZ.

Coleman lost nine members of her family, including her husband and three young children. "She was there with her 13-year-old, soon to be 3-year-old".

People pray outside Ride the Ducks an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake Friday

"She was just unconscious", he told the Kansas City Star. Seven of the 14 survivors were hurt.

Coleman said at Saturday's news conference that she doesn't know yet whether she is happy she survived. The couple had recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and had talked about Branson being one of their last big trips, recalled neighbour Barbara Beck.

William Bright, 65, Higginsville, Mo. Life, he wrote, had "been a lot of fun". Hamann celebrated her birthday earlier in the week.

"I can only imagine what they were going through". They were so in love.

The waves became more and more rough, and then a huge wave swept over the duck boat.

Chance also brought the Colemans aboard the doomed vessel. She said she yelled, screamed and then let go.

Tia Coleman and 11 members of her family were aboard the boat when it capsized Thursday night.

More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water in the United States over the past two decades. "Nobody pulled them off". Ride the Ducks will be closed for business while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.

The other fatalities were a father and son, two couples, a grandmother whose granddaughter survived, and the boat's driver. The mayor said Williams, known informally as "Captain Bob", "was a great ambassador for Branson".

Five of those who died were children.

The pastor of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church said the family was close to his church, but weren't members.

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