'Let me die': Survivor of deadly duck boat tragedy speaks

Jul 22, 2018, 01:13
'Let me die': Survivor of deadly duck boat tragedy speaks

Memorials have been held in Missouri, with 300 people gathered in the vehicle park of Ride the Ducks of Branson.

Pattison also spoke with CBS This Morning, saying that the boat should not have been in the water.

Federal safety officials and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the incident, which began around 7 p.m. Thursday (0000 GMT) when a sudden "microburst" storm swept over Table Rock Lake near Branson, throwing up large white-capped waves. The company offers refunds in cases where severe weather impedes tours, according to its website.

Thursday night, at least 13 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists capsized and sank on a lake during a thunderstorm in Branson, Missouri, authorities in that state said Friday.

Winds of up to 60mph were generated by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled over the area.

Cellphone video taken by a witness showed the boat struggling to move on the water before it was hit by waves and then sank.

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Rader said the investigation is ongoing and added, "It's been a very trying night".

The company Ripley Entertainment owns the capsized boat, having added Branson's "Ride the Ducks" attraction to its roster previous year.

Williams helmed the boat when it capsized in Table Rock Lake after a strong storm on Thursday.

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".

McCoy says despite Missouri's tragedy, she felt very safe on her ride in Seattle on Friday. "When that boat is found, all those life jackets are going to be in there. There was actually two ducks - the first one made it out, the second one didn't".

The captain of the boat told everyone "don't worry about grabbing life jackets - you won't need them", and everyone followed the instructions, Coleman said.

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IN woman, Tia Colman, who lost nine of her family members aboard the boat, was one of two that made it off alive.

Considering the conditions, the owner of the duck boat said it shouldn't have been in the water.

"These people showed an fantastic strength maybe that we don't always give them credit for", Cox said by telephone. He told the Associated Press, "They're not fit for water or land because they are half auto and half boat".

"We continuously monitor the weather conditions", the city's duck boat operator says.

In Branson, a popular family vacation destination about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City, they are driven along city streets for part of the tour before the driver uses a ramp to enter the lake. It said there were other boats on the lake that returned to dock safely.

Hot Springs, Ark.: In 1999, a military surplus duck sank, killing 13 people.

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The Missouri accident is the latest in a series of accidents involving duck boats.

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