Duck boat company was warned about design flaws previous year

Ray Coleman with members of his family

An archived version of Ripley's website said it operates 20 duck boats in Branson and described them as "built from the ground up under United States Coast Guard (USCG) supervision with the latest in marine safety".

The boat was on a tour with 31 people on board when the storm swept across Table Rock Lake with wind speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

The 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri lake were remembered Sunday (July 22) during a service attended by around 200 people in the tourism community of Branson.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the sunken duck boat will be pulled out of the lake and brought to a secure facility for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate.

"I don't know how I'm going to do it", she said.

Two days after the "Ride The Ducks" boat sunk, the atmosphere in Branson, a typically upbeat town, is somber. The only thing she knew was that she must be toward the bottom of the lake because the water was much colder than the temperature at the surface.

Jeffrey Goodman, who has represented people injured in past duck boat accidents, said the vessels should be banned.

Coleman, who lost nine family members in the ship's capsizing, shared her story of survival Saturday afternoon at a news conference at the hospital where she's being treated.

"I truly believe in my heart that he died trying to save those people", one of Williams" neighbors, Charlie "Ray' Revill, said at a vigil Friday night.

Stanley Hubbard left preaches during Sunday worship at the Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ in Indianapolis
Stanley Hubbard left preaches during Sunday worship at the Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ in Indianapolis

About a half hour before that duck boat launched, the NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

When asked by reporters on Saturday what it'll be like to return home to Indianapolis, Coleman said she knows it will be "completely, completely hard".

But she says no one on the vessel told her to grab them as the ship started to fill with water, leaving it to capsize and steal 17 lives. Martin says there is "no explanation" and that the family is suffering from survivors' guilt. I got to get out, ' " she said, adding she wasn't sure how she made it out of the vessel.

Passengers from a nearby boat, who Coleman called "angels", threw her life preservers and jumped in the water to help her and others.

One of the surviving relative told American media outlets that the captain of the boat told the 31 passengers not to put on life jackets. Some experts say the boat never should have hit the water.

None of the victims were wearing life jackets when they were found, a source told CNN.

Coleman said the crew told passengers they were going into the water first, before the land-based part of their tour, because of the incoming storm. They were: Angela (45), Arya (1), Belinda (69), Ervin (76), Evan (7), Glenn (40), Horace (70), Maxwell (2) and Reece (9).

In addition, investigators are looking into questions about the accident, including ones about the weather, life jackets, the boat and the actions of the crew, officials said.

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