Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

21 July, 2018, 17:36 | Author: Wade Massey
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"The problem with canopies is that if you are wearing your life preserver and there is a canopy and the boat capsizes then, the floatation device will take you up in the canopy, pinning you inside the vessel", said Mongeluzzi.

"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", Coleman told Fox 59 from her hospital bed in Branson.

Coleman says the captain of the boat told passengers, "Don't worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them". "Every time I see people on it, I think, why are you on them?" she told the Herald.

The NTSB later determined that the accident - which also caused the duck boat to sink - occurred because the person guiding the larger ship was distracted and focused on his cellphone, though federal investigators also criticized the duck boat's operator, Ride the Ducks, for actions they said contributed to the accident.

Meteorologist Jason Schaumann said gusts up to 65mph were recorded around the time the boat capsized and that a severe thunder warning had been issued.

The boat that sank Thursday faced 3-foot waves on the lake as a result of high winds during a storm.

"Were it not for grace of God, it couldve been me on the boat", he also said. Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus, and 13 people died in 1999 when a duck boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The boats were originally designed for the military, specifically to transport troops and supplies in World War II.

Officials would later say the second duck boat dangerously churned up and down through the waves but made it to shore.

People pray outside Ride the Ducks an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake Friday

Suzanne Smagala with Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said the company was assisting authorities with the rescue effort.

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.

Five of those who died were under the age of 16.

"I " m sure they knew there were some storms out, but as to why they still had the boats out at that time, that's what's going through my mind", said Barlow.

A woman walking in Philadelphia's Chinatown neighborhood was killed by a duck boat on land in May 2015.

Dozens of people left flowers, cards and balloons at a vigil held Friday at the Ride the Ducks building in Branson.

An investigation into the matter is underway, said officials.

"We did this because we want the families to know that we care", he added. Sixteen passengers and one crew member were killed.

US President Donald Trump offered his "deepest sympathies" in a Friday morning tweet. "They are regularly inspected, tested & certified by the United States Coast Guard to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for our guests". They were later modified for use for sightseeing in cities around the U.S. The long, narrow vehicles are shaped like boats, but have wheels they use when on land.

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