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

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

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

Death toll: The duck boat in trouble at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

Seventeen people died when the Ride the Ducks boat went down Thursday night in Table Rock Lake on the outskirts of Branson after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds.

As investigators worked to find out exactly how a duck boat managed to sink, killing 17 people in Missouri last week, a racist conspiracy theorist website has taken victim-blaming to a new low by relying on an ignorant cliché to explain the tragedy.

At a press conference Saturday, Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board said an anemometer measured wind speeds of 73 miles per hour across Table Rock Lake.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader previously confirmed to that media outlet that the captain was among those who survived the accident.

If they don't make it.

A duck boat carrying 31 passengers and crew has capsized in Missouri leaving eleven people dead. "Only thing I think is, you know, God must have something for me because there is no way I should be here".

Her husband, her three children and five other members of her family died in the accident.

Suzanne Smagala with Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said it was the company's only accident in more than 40 years of operation.

Mandi Keller says her family's survival is a "complete miracle".

When asked by reporters on Saturday what it'll be like to return home to Indianapolis, Coleman said she knows it will be "completely, completely hard".

Describing the moments she struggled in the water, she added: "I said Jesus please, keep me, just keep me so I can get back to my children, keep me Lord".

Coleman said she's never been through something this hard. "And I wasn't able to do that".

Coleman said the captain of the boat told them "don't worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them", so none of the family members grabbed them.

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

Duck boats are amphibious vessels that travel on both land and water, and are popular among tourists in major cities.

A woman signs a poster outside the Ride the Ducks building in Branson on July 21, 2018.

State and federal investigators were trying to determine what sent the vessel, originally built for military use in World War II, to its demise. The vehicle took on water, capsized and sank, settling at the bottom, taking 17 lives with it.

But a ticket checker said they should have boarded at a different location and made the family switch to the slightly later boat which sank.

The NTSB recommends passengers not wear life jackets on boats with canopies because when the they sink, the life jackets prevent escape by floating people to the top of the canopy and trapping them underneath.

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