Nine members of same family killed in Missouri duck boat sinking


Officials said they still don't know whether boat operators had checked storm warnings and whether passengers were wearing life vests when their boat capsized during a heavy storm that hit Branson, Missouri on Thursday.

Two other family members who were aboard the duck boat that capsized survived, including Tia Coleman, who spoke to Fox59.

She said: "The captain told us 'Don't worry about grabbing the life jackets, you won't need them, ' so nobody grabbed them because we listened to the captain and he told us to stay seated".

"And when I saw they were throwing out life jackets to people and I said, 'Jesus keep me just keep me so I can get to my children".

Many people are wondering why the duck boat was in the water during a storm, and Ride the Ducks Branson owner, Jim Pattison Jr., has offered some insight into that question.

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone repeatedly says in the video as massive waves hit the duck boats, at times almost burying them.

At 6:32 p.m., about 40 minutes before the boat sank, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for winds that would eventually reach 70 miles per hour.

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The boat is now located on the bottom of the lake, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said in a press conference Friday.

The storm rolled in suddenly while Rachel Zerby was camping along the lake near where the duck boat capsized, she told the Washington Post.

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"Were it not for grace of God, it couldve been me on the boat", he also said. The boat's driver was among those killed.

The maker of the Missouri duck boat, Ride the Duck International, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "There was actually two ducks - the first one made it out, the second one didn't".

There are roughly 22 of the boats operating in the state, said Lt. Tasha Sadowicz, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard's regional office in St. Louis.

Authorities have not publicly identified the dead but said they included a one-year-old child.

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Jennie Carr witnessed the last moments of the tourist duck boat while on a lake cruise aboard the Showboat Branson Belle.

After all 17 bodies were recovered, the Stone County Sheriff's Office released the names of those who died.

Dozens of people left flowers, cards and balloons at a vigil held Friday at the Ride the Ducks building in Branson.

As for the survivors, four patients were still in the hospital Friday evening, including two adults in critical condition.

An investigation into the matter is underway, said officials.

Additionally, a duck boat stuck and killed a woman on land while she was walking in Philadelphia in 2015.

"These people showed an unbelievable strength maybe that we don't always give them credit for", Cox said by telephone. "This incident has deeply affected all of us". Coleman, one of 14 people who survived after the boat went under the water, told KOLR that she was shouting but couldn't hear or see anyone else. "My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the bad boat accident which just took place in Missouri".

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