Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

Ms Coleman managed to reach the rescue boat, but her husband and three children, aged nine, seven and one; her sister-in-law and two-year-old nephew; her mother-in-law and father-in-law; and her husband's uncle all died on Thursday in the deadliest accident of its kind in almost two decades.

Federal officials hope a video recorder recovered from the duck boat will provide them with more information about the final minutes leading up to the sinking of the boat. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the cause of the sinking.

Right before the Ride the Ducks boat capsized due to a severe thunderstorm and 60 miles per hour winds with 31 people aboard, passengers and crew did whatever they could to save the lives of the children that were on board the doomed ship. 13 bodies were recovered, and on Friday, dive teams found four more within the boat, which came to rest upright in 80 feet of water. "When it was time to grab them, it was too late and I believe that a lot of people could have been spared", said Tia Coleman who lost her husband, three children and other family members.

Coleman's husband and three children, ages 9, 7 and 1; her 45-year-old sister-in-law and 2-year-old nephew; her mother-in-law and father-in-law and her husband's uncle all died Thursday night in the deadliest accident of its kind in almost two decades. I was there when she graduated from high school. No one on the boat was wearing a life vest when boat capsized.

USA Today reported that in the 1999 incident, the NTSB charged that the Coast Guard failed to adequately oversee the private operation and the owner failed to properly maintain a seal that allowed water to get into the vehicle.

A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the company operating the duck boats in Branson, did not respond Saturday to telephone and email messages seeking comment. It has been brought to NTSB labs in Washington, D.C., for analysis.

They went on the duck boat because her eldest could be himself on the boat, she said.

Steven Paul could see the duck boat's danger nearly immediately.

Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the St. Louis area, said he issued a written report in August 2017 for Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, after inspecting two dozen boats.

The boat was lifted out of Table Rock Lake, Missouri, with a crane this morning.

"The boats are not designed for the type of use that they are being employed for".

"There have now been more than 40 deaths associated with these inherently unsafe, novelty tourist rides", Mongeluzzi said.

In central Wisconsin, Original Wisconsin Ducks in the Dells has no plans to change how it operates after 73 years of safe rides, general manager Dan Gavinski said.

"He said, 'Above you are your life jackets". The investigation is being managed by the NTSB. "Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time".

In addition to the salvage effort, investigators are looking into questions about the accident, including ones about the weather, life jackets, the boat and the actions of the crew, officials said.

The board recommended that amphibious vehicles be retrofitted for reserve buoyancy.

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