Coast Guard raises sunken Missouri duck boat

Coast Guard raises sunken Missouri duck boat

Coast Guard raises sunken Missouri duck boat

Nine of the people who died were part of one IN family. Investigators have retrieved a video recorder from the duck boat that sank and it's been sent to Washington for analysis, and they've also retrieved video from the second duck boat that was on the water at the same time.

The amphibious vessel, which had 31 people aboard, was sailing Thursday on Table Rock Lake near Branson when a severe thunderstorm whipped up intense winds and waves.

Divers are expected to swim down and connect the duck boat to a crane, which will then try to lift the boat from where it rests beneath 80 feet of water, according to a Coast Guard official.

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.

The only other family member to survive was Tia's 13-year-old nephew, who lost his mother, Angela Coleman, 45, and brother, Maxwell Coleman, 2.

Coleman's husband and three children, ages 9, 7 and 1; her 45-year-old sister-in-law and 2-year-old nephew; her mother-in-law and father-in-law and her husband's uncle all died Thursday night in the deadliest accident of its kind in almost two decades.

"I asked her what was their last words ..."

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. Once it was brought to the surface, the boat was drained, Coast Guard Capt. Scott Stoermer told reporters.

The company hasn't commented on 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.

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Mongeluzzi's partner, attorney Andrew Duffy, said a 2010 duck boat accident in Philadelphia that claimed two lives resulted in recommendations to make water craft safer.

Coleman, sitting in a wheelchair and flanked by loved ones, said she didn't see a cloud in the sky when she boarded the Ride the Ducks boat with her family.

Keith Holloway, an NTSB spokesman, said it was unclear what the recorder captured, including whether it recorded audio. Taking the boat out at that hour of Thursday evening was inexplicable, he said. In a wrongful death lawsuit, her family and lawyers alleged that duck boat operators contributed to the death by failing to follow their own safety policies for the boarding and pre-departure process.

The horrifying last words of one of the victims of the Branson, Missouri duck boat tragedy on Friday have been heard, and they are heart-wrenching. The city and college hosted the remembrance for the victims.

Duck boats were designed for military use in World War II.

"The safety board is particularly concerned that both adults and children wearing life jackets are at risk of being drowned if entrapped by the overhead canopy", the report reads.

Company President Jim Pattison Jr. said the boat captain had 16 years of experience, and the business monitors weather. The investigation is being managed by the NTSB. "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue".

"Thank you for your support, and we continue to ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this hard time".

The board recommended that amphibious vehicles be retrofitted for reserve buoyancy.

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