Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family

Seventeen dead, more missing after storm sinks 'duck boat'

The winds were probably stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.

Pattison also spoke with CBS This Morning, saying that the boat should not have been in the water.

A decades old report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said duck boats' canopy roof contributed to the 13 deaths in the 1999 incident, on Lake Hamilton in Arkansas.

In the interview, Coleman did not share how she managed to escape the vessel - perhaps she herself doesn't know - but said she remembers eventually floating up above the water and seeing "the big boat that sits out there".

Passengers on the Ride the Ducks boat ride on Sunday night.

Coleman also said that her husband would have wanted her to speak out about what she said happened before the accident. One witness' video shows two other boats struggling to get through the choppy waters.

Authorities confirmed that one-year-old Arya Coleman was the youngest member of the family to die in the incident while Ervin Coleman, 76, was the oldest. The tourist town mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank. He said there were life jackets in the boat, but it's not clear how safety equipment was used. They can't tell if the people were wearing them.

Seven people have been hospitalized.

Rader said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the boat sank.

"We had a line of very strong thunderstorms that caused 74 miles per hour winds here in Springfield", he told the newspaper, noting that winds were likely stronger on the lake.

Afterward, the National Transportation Safety Board warned that the boats' canopy roofs presented a hazard, making it hard for people, even those wearing life jackets, to escape if one of the vessels capsized.

Ride the Ducks says they will continue to do safety drills every 90 days on how to save lives in case they have to abandon the boat or if there is a person overboard.

Gerald Dworkin, a consultant for Lifesaving Resources, an aquatics safety training firm in ME, said, "Even if they were wearing a life jacket when the boat went down, unless they could evacuate through the side windows they would've been trapped by that canopy".

"The first one made it out, and the second one didn't", Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said during a press conference. A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Branson at 6:32 p.m. Thursday. Dive teams from several law enforcement agencies assisted in the effort.

The weather turned bad for a group of tourists on a duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.

The owner of the tour company involved in the fatal duck boat accident said the vessel should've never been in the water because of the rough conditions brought on by a violent storm.

Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus.

The Missouri accident is the latest in a series of accidents involving duck boats.

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