The duck boat that sank last week on Table Rock Lake killing 17 people has been raised from the bottom by crews on Monday, July 23, 2018. The company also says it's providing grief counseling for its own employees. It explained why the boats' engines - and pumps that remove water from their hulls - might fail in inclement weather.
Also killed were 64-year-old Leslie Dennison of IL, and 53-year-old Steve Smith and his son, 15-year-old Lance Smith, both from Arkansas.
The duck boat that capsized and sank last week on a sightseeing cruise was raised from a Missouri lake Monday, more than three days after the accident that killed 17 people near the tourist town of Branson. "We had other boats in the water earlier [on Thursday] and it had been a great, sort of calm experience". Passengers expected to escape the storm and were told they did not need to wear life jackets. It does not show passengers jumping clear.
Keith Holloway, an NTSB spokesman, said it was also unclear whether the Branson duck boat's video-recording device had any audio capabilities.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, reached by phone Sunday evening, said she could not speculate if the U.S. Coast Guard would be able to enact an immediate ban on duck boats. But his company operates World War II-vintage boats, not the modified modern version.
The driver of the duck boat, Robert Williams, 73, died in the sinking, said his widow, Judy Williams.
Paul said he won't know if the boat that sank is one that he inspected until it has been recovered from the lake.
The Coast Guard requires life jackets on boats, but for amphibious tour boats, which are part boat and part bus, recommendations are left up to the captain on whether to request passengers to wear the jackets. The boats' history dates to World War II, when such vessels were a common sight due to their versatility. He said it would still have the design flaw he identified in his report. Coleman's aunt, Carolyn Coleman, spoke to MSN and relayed what Tia said.
"God must have something for me because there's no way I should be here", she said.
The Ride the Ducks attraction in Branson is owned by Ripley Entertainment Inc., which purchased the company in December.
"If you watch that video, that water is definitely being slammed up into that exhaust without a doubt", Paul said.
State investigators are looking into whether any criminal acts were committed, while the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the sinking.
Duck-boat victims were remembered today as the College of the Ozarks held a memorial service. The operation had been projected to take five hours or longer.
"The industry has known for decades of the dangers posed by these vehicles, and by these vessels on the water with the canopies which trap people and drag them down", attorney Jeffrey Goodman said. "It tries to be a boat and a vehicle and does neither, really, except under ideal circumstances". "We honor the 14 survivors".
Safety advocates have sought improvements and complained that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.
"You need to get out of a sinking coffin with tons of water pouring in", Mongeluzzi said.
Witnesses have said the weather appeared calm before a storm suddenly whipped up strong waves and spray.
"I certainly have concerns about the ability to exit the vessel, to get out of it in an emergency situation." he said. "That is what pains me".