Survivor: Duck boat captain said life jackets not needed


After they stopped for a picture, she said, a ticket taker realised they should have boarded at a different location and reassigned them. The vehicle was 80 feet (24 m) under water. Two more bodies were discovered later in the night before the final search on Friday.

Steve Linderberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a severe line of storms blew through the Springfield area between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.

"This is not 1901", he wrote.

"We had other boats in the water earlier and it had been a great, sort of calm experience", he said.

Police told The Associated Press that stormy weather forced the boat carrying tourists to capsize and sink on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

Weather is believed to have caused the Ride the Ducks boat to capsize. Two of those on board were crew members; the Captain survived, the driver did not. He later explained that even though many people have questions, they should not speculate the reasons why this event happened.

Parson committed all state resources to help in the investigation.

Jim Pattison Jr, the tour boat company owner, said the storm appeared to have taken people in the area by surprise.

Capt. Jim Pulley, owner of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake, said the storm hit the lake with 80 miles per hour winds that kicked up waves five feet high. But he acknowledged that the boat should not have been out.

Allison Lester, who was on a nearby boat, told "Good Morning America" Friday that the waters "were rough". "It is absolutely devastating".

According to Sheriff Rader, the first 911 call was received at 7:09 p.m. Thursday as the boat was going under.

Five people are missing, the sheriff said.

An investigation into the matter is underway, said officials. "It was just suddenly and out of nowhere".

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Video footage shot by a witness on shore showed strong waves tossing two duck boats side to side.

Like the other boat, they were a few minutes into their ride when high winds and three-foot waves started pounding the enclosed vessel. In later years, they were modified for recreation and riding in duck boats has become a highly popular tourist activity.

You can find them in Boston, Seattle, and almost every coastal or water-adjacent city.

An overall of Table Rock Lake is seen on July 20, 2018 in Branson, Missouri.

Duck boats, which can travel on land and in water, have been involved in other deadly incidents in the past.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson".

Mongeluzzi said there have been as many as 40 deaths involving duck boats since 1999. Counselors are on-hand to help survivors cope and also just be there for the "little things", she said. "This incident has deeply affected all of us", Smagala-Potts said.

"I look at my family here, and this could've been us", Ed Brown, who was at the vigil, told CNN affiliate KMIZ. Some of those on the capsized boat were able to swim to shore, the Kansas City Star reported.

In a short video taken by Malaske from the deck of the Belle, the duck boat can be seen wallowing through the choppy, wind-whipped lake, with water only inches from its windows.

The city of Branson opened its city hall for survivors and relatives of the sinking.

"Duck boats are death traps", said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose Philadelphia law firm handled litigation related to two fatal duck boat accidents there. "All of our hearts are completely broken right now".

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences, extending his sympathies to the families and friends of those involved. He wrote, "My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the bad boat accident which just took place in Missouri".

This article was written by Allyson Chiu, Samantha Schmidt and Mark Berman, all are reporters for The Washington Post.