All duck boat sinking survivors out of hospital


Thirty-one people were aboard the Ride the Ducks boat last Thursday when a sudden, intense storm struck, with winds just shy of hurricane strength churning the lake's waters.

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. Hall said duck-boat tours are essentially unregulated amusement park rides, a criticism others have leveled because the amphibious vehicles don't fall neatly into being either a boat or a bus.

In addition to interviews, O'Neil said the NTSB was gathering records about the duck's maintenance, operation, and previous Coast Guard inspections.

The NTSB also wants to know what the captain knew about the forecasted weather and when he knew it.

Nine of the people who died were part of one IN family.

Her husband, her three children and five other members of her family died in the accident.

Coleman wept at times as she described trying to help her family and save herself. "I said, 'Lord please, let me get to my babies, I gotta get to my babies, I gotta get to my babies'". Tia Coleman said her family initially lined up for the wrong tour, so they had to switch out their tickets for the 6:30 p.m. ride. "And I wasn't able to do that", she said. The NTSB has recommended passengers not wear life jackets on boats that have canopies because when the vehicles sink, the life jackets can float passengers into the canopy, preventing escape.

"Nobody, nobody - when that boat is found, all those life jackets are going to be on there", Coleman said.

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

Fellow survivor, Talyssa Mann, a 19-year-old from Carlsbad, New Mexico, said Coleman's statement about life jackets was correct.

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"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", she said.

Nine of the victims were the Colemans.

Authorities identified them as 45-year-old Angela Coleman, 1-year-old Arya Coleman, 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, 76-year-old Ervin Coleman, 7-year-old Evan Coleman, 40-year-old Glenn Coleman, 70-year-old Horace Coleman, 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman, and 9-year-old Reece Coleman.

A patrolman guarded their privacy, but he allowed a woman carrying roses to deliver them to loved one of an IN family that lost nine members during Thursday's accident.

September 17, 2007: A California woman died in Ketchikan, Alaska, when a duck boat hit her as she was walking on a dock.

That report said a canopy used on the duck boat contributed to the deaths of several people, trapping them inside as the boat sank. State investigators are also attempting to determine why the boat changed its usual route on Thursday.

The Missouri attorney general says there state highway patrol is also investigating to see if there was any criminal negligence, but so far no charges have been filed. "We honor the 14 survivors".

The boat sank Thursday night in churning waves near the tourist town of Branson.

Paul said the duck boats he inspected - which the company had just purchased or repaired - vented exhaust from the motor out front and below the water line.

"Words can not convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking", it said in a statement. "But I just wanted to be there for these people, even if they never know who I am", Jorash said.