Coast Guard to raise duck boat that sank in storm killing 17
01:19, Jul 24, 2018
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"I think it's the responsible thing to do to ensure (riders) are not put at risk".
"Even with amusement rides, which this essentially is, there are restrictions on height and weight, the operations in winds, etcetera", Hall said.
"I felt like, if I was able to get a life jacket, I could have saved my babies because they could have at least floated up to the top and somebody could have grabbed them", Tia said.
Missouri State Highway Patrol chaplain Steve Martin said the family's survival was "remarkable" and that there is no explanation for it.
Saturday, Weener said the NTSB has received outstanding cooperation from Ripley Entertainment Inc., the parent company of the duck boat business. Seventeen of the 31 passengers died. I was there when she graduated from high school. The only family members who survived the accident were Tia and her 13-year-old nephew. Coleman said her home was always filled with people, and now her three children and husband were stolen from her.
Coast Guard officials said the boat will be taken to a secure facility for further inspection and investigation. "I said, "Lord if I can't make it, there's no use in keeping me here" and so I just let go, '" she said.
About 300 people attended a Sunday afternoon service at Williams Memorial Chapel at College of the Ozarks, where a bell chimed 17 times for the victims.
Branson Mayor Karen Best spoke on behalf of the 17 who died, 14 others who survived and "the many heroes who did everything in their power to save lives".
Divers have recovered a video recorder from the sunken duck boat that may provide clues to the disaster. The recorder was headed to the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C.
A Philadelphia attorney, whose firm represented victims of two previous duck boat accidents, echoed the former NTSB chairman's request for a ban on duck boats as tourist attractions nationwide. Add Duck Boat Accident as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Duck Boat Accident news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Once it was brought to the surface, it was drained, Coast Guard Capt. Scott Stoermer told reporters. Critics argued that part of the problem is that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.
The company has made few comments since the accident, except to say that employees are assisting authorities and that the accident was the company's first in more than 40 years in Branson.
Today, we continue to focus our efforts on the families. She said she's been getting through the tragedy with a lot of prayers, and thanked the support of family members and friends.
The NTSB is investigating the incident, questioning everything from the weather to the life jacket situation to the actions of the crew.
General Motors developed the DUKW in 1942 to get supplies and reinforcements to World War II troops, and the amphibious vehicles became known as "ducks".
He said the firm presented engineering experts who showed how the vehicles were actually engineered to fail in a water emergency, their canopies trapping passengers in their life jackets rather than allowing their escape. The accident prompted the state Legislature in MA to pass a law that now prohibits duck boat drivers from simultaneously serving as narrator and tour guide.
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