Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Duck boats in Branson short of federal standards, inspector alleges

Seventeen dead, more missing after storm sinks 'duck boat' Authorities hold press conference on duck boat capsizing
Steven Clarke | 21 July, 2018, 17:40

Gerald Dworkin, a consultant for Lifesaving Resources, an aquatics safety training firm in ME, said, "Even if they were wearing a life jacket when the boat went down, unless they could evacuate through the side windows they would've been trapped by that canopy".

Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious craft when it plunged into 80 feet of water in Table Rock Lake near Branson as severe thunderstorms struck the area, officials said.

The victims included her two uncles, aunt, cousins and their children.

Coleman says the captain of the boat told passengers, "Don't worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them".

Coleman said her husband would "want the world to know" that when they were in the water, the captain of the vehicle told them not to put their life jackets on, an action she believed had cost lives.

Many people are wondering why the duck boat was in the water during a storm, and Ride the Ducks Branson owner, Jim Pattison Jr., has offered some insight into that question.

Thirteen people died after a duck boat sank near Hot Springs in the state of Arkansas in 1999.

Hundreds of mourners stopped by the location to pay their respects to the victims after a duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake.

Nine of the tourists who died in a duck boat accident in the U.S. were from the same family. She said the hospital routinely practices for emergency events like this and Thursday night was an all-hands-on-deck situation.

United Kingdom police identify suspects in Novichok poisoning, source says
Although police said there was no suggestion that the couple had been deliberately targeted, a murder investigation was launched. Investigators determined that Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, had been poisoned by the Russian-made nerve agent Novichok.

Lawyers who represented the families of two students who died in a 2010 duck boat sinking in Philadelphia have been calling for a ban on the amphibious vehicles since then.

Allison Warmuth, 28, was killed after colliding with a Boston Duck Boat Tours vehicle while riding on a moped on Beacon and Charles Streets on April 30, 2016. One of the boats later made it safely to shore.

A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people have now been confirmed dead after a boat carrying tourists on a lake in a popular vacation city capsized and sank. "I don't think it will stop people, but what I do hope is that boaters and people who do boat.open their eyes as to what can happen out there", said Barlow.

Passengers on a nearby boat described the scene as chaotic and said the winds picked up suddenly, sending debris flying everywhere.

Dozens of people left flowers, cards and balloons at a vigil held Friday at the Ride the Ducks building in Branson. Two adults are in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.

Investigators said stormy weather contributed to the crash. "And here were are a day later you and me talking and they're no longer with us". Right now it's just it's just about supporting the families in any way we can.

As they toured the dinner boat, the couple looked out the window and saw the duck boats struggling in the water.

The Thursday night accident was one of the deadliest United States tourist incidents in recent years.

At one point, Behr said he and other passengers on the dinner boat helped pull an unconscious woman from the water.

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