Mother Loses All Her Children, 9 Family Members In Duck Boat Accident

Hundreds at vigils mourn victims of Branson boat accident

Mother Loses All Her Children, 9 Family Members In Duck Boat Accident

Two survivors have been discharged from a Missouri hospital after 17 people including nine members of one family drowned when a "duck boat" sank during a storm in one of the deadliest USA tourist tragedies for years, local media reported.

A woman who survived a deadly duck boat accident in Missouri on Thursday told a Fox-affiliated TV station in Indianapolis that the boat's captain told passengers "not to worry about grabbing life jackets".

This is still an early investigation in which the Stone County Sheriff said he doesn't have all the details.

Paul Lemus says he thought it would be fun to take his wife and their five kids on a duck boat ride. A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Branson at 6:32 p.m. Thursday. "It was having problems through the wind", Rader told reporters. The design of them goes back to World War II. The first one made it out.

A thunderstorm brought winds of 50 to 65 miles per hour to the area shortly before the first 911 call came in at 7:09 p.m.

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The footage shows the vessel bobbing through the waves as the haul boat begins to become submerged in the swollen lake. The video clip was posted online by KY3.

"Canopies present major safety risks that need to be addressed. both adults and children wearing life jackets are at risk of being drowned if entrapped by the overhead canopy", the NTSB said of the sinking.

Ripley Entertainment, the company that owns the Ride the Ducks boats, did not immediately respond to Fox News' or The Associated Press' request for comment.

"The Coast Guard requires life jackets to be available for each passenger on a boat, including duck boats, but allows the crew to decide when to instruct passengers to put them on", according to The New York Times.

Investigators have suggested that the accident was caused by thunderstorms and high winds, leading to questions about why the amphibious vehicle was even on the water.

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During a typical tour, after some time on the roads, the Seattle duck boats eventually make their way on to Lake Union. The company admitted to hundreds of violations and failing to comply with US vehicle manufacturing rules.

Guain Holloman, of Tennessee, places a flower on the windshield of a vehicle in the Ride the Ducks parking lot in Branson on Friday.

Allison Warmuth was killed in a duck boat crash on April 30, 2016.

Seventeen people died when the pleasure boat capsized.

"Our number one priority is the families and our employees that were affected by this tragic accident", spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said Thursday. Local media outlets have also reported that a longtime couple from St. Louis County, a married couple from Higginsville, a father and son from Arkansas and a grandmother who saved her 12-year-old granddaughter were among the deceased.

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