Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

Saul Bowman
July 21, 2018

Authorities said 17 people, including some children, were killed when the boat sank to the bottom of the lake, according to the Associated Press.

Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones says that another two members of the same family survived when the boat capsized on Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves. As of Friday morning, 13 people were confirmed dead, with four still missing.

Viewers on Facebook who have ridden this Duck boat are writing to help us better understand how they look and operate. The incident is now under investigation, so it would not be prudent for us to comment or speculate as to what may have caused the incident, but extreme weather seems to have been a major factor. "Today it's just still early".

Video footage shot by a witness on shore showed two duck boats struggling through choppy waters and spray.

The boat was carrying 29 passengers and two crew members on a pleasure cruise, and everyone aboard had been accounted for by midday Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Branson incident. The driver of the duck boat said he lost control of the vehicle before it veered into oncoming traffic on the Aurora Bridge, according to the NTSB report.

Officials did not comment on the identities or ages of the other people who drowned.

In Seattle, of that same year, five college students died when a Duck boat crashed into a bridge. "And they were good Samaritans". Eventually, the boat pulls up to the lake and slowly enters the water with a small splash.

"I am 54 and I started coming here when I was 6 or 7 years old".

Mourners place flowers on the windshield of cars left in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks
Mourners place flowers on the windshield of cars left in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks

Nielsen said he believed most of the fatalities were caused by drowning. I can see how the storm would have surprised those on the boat. "I don't get it, having a captain's license myself". The incident occurred as a line of thunderstorms moved through the area.

"We do not allow our DUCKs to go into the Charles River if there is lightning in the area or if conditions are forecasted to exceed our operating parameters set by the US Coast Guard", the company said.

Roger Brallier, who is a duck boat captain for Ride the Ducks Branson, told The Post that all of the captains are "very close". The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority.

They were originally designed in 1942 and first used in World War II due to their ability to drive on land and sea.

Thirteen people died in 1999 when the duck boat they were riding near Hot Springs, Arkansas, sank suddenly.

Missouri law requires all children to wear life jackets on boats and all recreational watercraft users "to wear life jackets anytime they are underway".

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Friday morning that a total of 14 people survived.

The company admitted to failing to comply with USA vehicle manufacturing rules. May 8, 2015: PhiladelphiaA duck boat driving on the street struck and killed pedestrian Elizabeth Karnicki of Beaumont, Texas.

Branson is a family-friendly tourist destination whose attractions include "Dolly Parton's Stampede" dinner theater, the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai and a Titanic museum with a model of the sunken vessel's front half.


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