Members of IN family among 17 killed IN Missouri duck boat sinking

Duck Boat Survivor Cries Over 9 Relatives’ Drowning & Reveals Captain Said They Didn’t Need Life Vests

Nine of the people who died were part of one IN family. "And you don't want to be out in the water particularly with people who can't swim or children in conditions like this", she said. In the picture, survivor Tia Coleman is holding her 1-year-old daughter Ayra. "I didn't have anybody with me, I couldn't see anybody and I know it wasn't, but it felt like I struggled for at least an hour".

"I lost all my children, I lost my husband, I lost my mother-in-law, I lost my father-in-law, I lost my uncle, I lost my sister-in-law - she was my sister - and I lost my nephew, I'm OK, but this is really hard", one of the surviving relative was quoted as saying.

A GoFundMe effort to raise money for the Coleman family reached almost 27,000 dollars in donations by Saturday night. An incident report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says none of the 31 people on board was wearing a life jacket.

The NTSB, coast guard and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the accident.

- Relatives of a family killed in a duck boat accident in Missouri this week are speaking with FOX 5.

At the time of the Arkansas disaster, then NTSB chairman Jim Hall said, "the bottom line is, why are these boats still being used?"

Hawley also said there are hundreds of interviews they still need to conduct, including talking with the owners of the duck boat company.

A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating the duck boats about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident.

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A witness' video of the duck boat just before it capsized suggests that its flexible plastic windows might have been closed and could have trapped passengers as the hybrid boat-truck went down.

The driver, Branson resident Robert "Bob" Williams, 73, is among the dead.

Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

"It's mind-boggling. Why was that boat allowed to leave that dock during a storm?"

Divers quickly located the vessel, which came to rest on its wheels on the lake bed, and authorities planned to recover it later Friday.

State and federal investigators were trying to determine what sent the vessel, originally built for military use in World War II, to its demise.

The Coast Guard requires life jackets on boats but for amphibious tour boats, which are part boat and part bus, recommendations are left up to the captain on whether to request passengers to wear the jackets.

Others who died in the accident at Table Rock Lake included a Missouri couple who had recently celebrated a birthday, a longtime Rhode Island pastor who was operating the boat and an in father and son.

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