Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Eleven dead after duck-boat capsizes in stormy Missouri lake

Eleven dead after duck-boat capsizes in stormy Missouri lake

The Colemans settled on going to Branson, a southwestern Missouri resort city about seven hours away from their hometown of Indianapolis.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard were hoping a video recorder recovered from the boat would help provide some explanation on why it sank.

"When they take on water enough to capsize, they sink quickly", said Andrew Duffy, a partner at Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett And Bendesky who handled another duck boat tragedy, "Something needs to be done, these duck boats are death traps and need to be removed from the water and the land". She is one of two in her family to have survived.

Coleman is still devasted by the fact that life jackets could have saved her family members.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening.

Seventeen people ranging in age from one to 76 died. He said the family requested the prayer vigil.

Martin says the family all ended up in different places and found safety in different ways.

State officials said the Coast Guard regulates such craft; its officials did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

Tia Coleman's husband, Glenn, and their three children - 1-year-old Arya, Evan, 7, and Reece, 9 - died after the duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson capsized in rough weather on Thursday and sank.

Among those who were hospitalized was Tia Coleman, whose husband, three children and five other relatives died. She was alone when she came up for air.

Stanley Hubbard left preaches during Sunday worship at the Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ in Indianapolis
Stanley Hubbard left preaches during Sunday worship at the Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ in Indianapolis

As she tried to float toward the surface, she remembered praying, "Lord, I got to get to my babies".

A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm.

Alex Nosal, a boat safety expert with the Toronto Marine Safety School, said he wouldn't go into the water in a duck boat if waves were higher than six inches.

According to reports, the nine family members are from the state of IN and were vacationing IN Missouri. The other victims killed were from Missouri, Arkansas and IL.

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. They are used in many big cities, including Boston and Washington, D.C.

"We have fairly sophisticated means to dry them out, retrieve the data that's on there", said the NTSB spokesman.

Ride the Ducks Branson said it was deeply saddened and that the business would be closed "while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community". With the motor off, he said, its pump for removing water from the hull would not operate.

Questions are now being raised about why the boat made a decision to venture out in such severe weather conditions, claims that the passengers weren't told to put on life-jackets and whether duck boats should be in operation at all.

Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, hasn't responded to questions about Paul's concerns.

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