Death toll rises to 17 after duck boat capsizes

Eight of the relatives killed were identified as from top left Butch Coleman Ray Coleman Glenn Coleman and Angela Coleman holding Maxwell Coleman. From bottom left Reece Coleman Belinda Coleman and Evan Coleman. Ayla Coleman aged one also died

Death toll rises to 17 after duck boat capsizes

Two other members of that family survived.

The duck boat, which had life jackets on board, was owned by Ride the Ducks Branson, a tourism company that takes people on tours of the Ozarks through land and water using the amphibious vehicles. 17 people were killed. Seven others were injured, one seriously, the governor's office said.

They ranged in age from one-year-old Arya Coleman to the oldest victim Ervin Coleman, 76.

Coleman Douglas said the family still had limited information as to what happened but they were hoping to make arrangements to bring family members home as soon as possible. At least two children and two adults were still in hospital on Friday afternoon. "Every time I see people on it, I think, why are you on them?" she told the Herald. The other crew member, who survived, was in charge when the craft took to the water, USA media reported.

"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", said Dworkin, a consultant for Lifesaving Resources, an aquatics safety training firm in Maine. Children under 13 are required to wear the life jackets. An additional 14 others survived. A full investigation was underway. "We have people out here taking pictures". Some of the evidence will be taken back to Washington, D.C., for further analysis, according to an NTSB representative. He's dismayed by what happened in Branson and couldn't sleep after hearing about the incident. Officials intent to try and salvage the vessel and are working with the owner, NTSB and experts in naval architecture to have a proper salvage plan in place. Ms Smagala added this was the Branson tour's first accident in more than 40 years of operation.

"He said it when we were in the water", she told Fox59.

Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area on Thursday evening.

Strong waves capsized the boat during a severe storm.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil outside the boat operator’s office on Friday night
Hundreds of people attended a vigil outside the boat operator’s office on Friday night Charlie Riedel A

Lester said the weather had been nice Thursday.

Passengers on a nearby boat described the chaos as the winds picked up and the water turned rough.

A relative who was not aboard the duck boat shared a photo with Atlanta's WSB-TV that includes several of the family members who died. "We have approximately 30 individuals in the water", said a voice on the dispatch, according to a recording captured on

The trial attorney involved in that case said there's no reason why regulators haven't addressed a lethal design problem with these boats. "I'm OK, but this is really hard, just really hard". "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved", Ride the Ducks Branson said in a statement on its website.

"Words can not convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking", the company said.

"Emergency responders and civilian rescuers helped avert an even worse tragedy as people rushed to help in extremely risky conditions", Parson said in a statement. "This is Branson. This is who we are".

"He'd talk to anybody", his widow, Judy Williams, said Friday in a phone interview.

Asked how citizens could help, Pettit said all officials are asking for at this point is love and prayers. "Once we confirm the business is operating again, we intend to restore".

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