Duck boat survivor Tia Coleman speaks after losing 9 family members

The boat's captain was among 14 survivors five of whom were injured of the incident

Baker said he was concerned with reports that passengers may not have been wearing life preservers as the violent storm hit.

David Plummer, associate pastor at Noble Hill Baptist Church, said that as he watched the footage online, he believed the driver continued steering the boat even as the water swallowed it.

Paul said he inspected several dozen of the vehicles for Ripley Entertainment in August 2017 and warned of the design flaw.

Santino Tomasetti arrived at the Showboat Branson Belle, a riverboat restaurant not far from where the boat sank, just as first responders were pulling people out of the water. With the motor off, the pump for removing water from the hull, wouldn't work.

She said somehow she was able to reach the boat. "He knew everyone. He was always promoting Branson", Best said.

The accident at Table Rock Lake near Branson was deadliest accident of its kind in almost two decades.

Investigators have also interviewed some of the survivors, Holloway said, as well as people on another duck boat that was on the lake at the same time but managed to avoid swamping and crashing. "Because they did alter the route of the boat".

The Rev. Zachary Klein, speaking at the gathering at the duck boat business, said he had no words of comfort to offer the families of victims "because there simply are no words to comfort them". There appeared to be enough life jackets for everyone on board. It does not show passengers jumping clear.

"I want her to know I am so thankful she allowed me to drive her son to school in the bus and share her family with me over the years".

On Friday night, hundreds of community members and tourists lit candles, prayed and sang for the victims and their families, gathering outside the office of Ride the Ducks Branson, the company that owned and operated the boat.

The people from Missouri were identified as 69-year-old William Asher, 68-year-old Rosemarie Hamann, 63-year-old Janice Bright, 65-year-old William Bright, and the crew member operating the boat, 73-year-old Bob Williams.


The duck boat company's website now carries a statement of sorrow, along with the image of a black ribbon: "The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time".

"They are unsafe on land and on water".

A full investigation was underway, with help from the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.

One issue with the boats is their canopies.

She says the crew showed passengers where the life jackets were but said they wouldn't need them.

The attorney general said investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol will also look at the boat's canopy and how hard it was for the passengers and crew to get off during the chaotic event.

"If the vehicle had not had a canopy, the passengers would not have had a barrier to vertical escape".

The agency has also recommended the highway administration regulate the vehicles for over-the-road travel with requirements for passenger seat belts, while saying that passengers shouldn't wear seat belts while the vehicle is in the water. Seven passengers and the operator survived.

The boat sank in 40 feet (12 meters) of water and then rolled on its wheels into a deeper area with 80 feet (25 meters) of water.

The NTSB determined the vehicle sank because it took on water quickly and didn't have reserve buoyancy, meaning there was nothing to help it float. The accident was caused by the tugboat mate failing to keep a proper lookout while distracted by his cellphone and laptop, according to the NTSB.

In Branson, a popular family vacation destination about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri, they are driven along city streets for part of the tour before the driver uses a ramp to enter the lake.

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