Duck boats exempt from Missouri life jacket law

23 July, 2018, 18:26 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Duck Boat Survivor Cries Over 9 Relatives’ Drowning & Reveals Captain Said They Didn’t Need Life Vests

The service will be held Sunday afternoon at the College of the Ozarks, near Table Rock Lake, where the duck boat sank Thursday, killing 17 people.

Lt. Tasha Sadowicz of the U.S. Coast Guard says commercial vehicles like duck boats are required only to have enough flotation devices for all passengers and crew, and life jackets that fit every child on board. I don't know who they were.

The captain was among those who survived.

If they don't make it.

She told KOLR: "A really huge wave swept over and when that wave swept over, the last thing I heard my sister-in-law yell was "grab the baby". Hundreds of Branson and surrounding areas are gathering to pay their respects to the victims after a duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake during a thunderstorm on Thursday.

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.

Coleman wept at times as she described trying to help her family and save herself on Saturday.

Nine members of one family were also killed, with another two managing to survive the horrific ordeal. "I believe that a lot of people could have been spared".

About a half hour before that duck boat launched, the NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

"They were, oh my God, jumping in saving people, they were throwing life rafts to everybody", Coleman said.


"If you're in such a boat like a duck boat, I think it should definitely be a requirement that everybody dons a life-jacket before it enters the water", he said.

Ripley Entertainment, which purchased the Branson Ride the Duck boats previous year says if there were storm warning, the boat should not have been on the water.

Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were aboard.

Tia Coleman has also revealed how the family only ended up joining the 6.30pm tour on Thursday because of a ticketing mix-up. "I don't know how I'm going to do it", Coleman said.

The boat has sat at the bottom of the lake near Branson, MO, since it capsized and sank.

Tia Coleman, one of only two members of that family aboard the boat to survive, said in a hospital bed interview with local media that the captain had told passengers there was no need to put on life jackets.

Duck boats are amphibious vessels that travel on both land and water, and are popular among tourists in major cities.

Coleman said the captain took over the boat, and the big swells of water started coming over. But she lost her husband, Glenn, and her three children, Reece, Evan and Arya. "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue".

The boats were originally designed for the military, specifically to transport troops and supplies in World War II.

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