Missouri duck boat probe looking at whether Coast Guard rules were ignored
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 24, 2018,
Jul 24, 2018, 4:10
Nine of those that died in the tragedy belonged to a family from in, with one surviving family member claiming that passengers were told by the captain not to put on life jackets.
An investigation of a tourist boat accident on a Missouri lake that claimed 17 lives will look at whether operators of the boat violated Coast Guard-issued limitations by venturing into the water as thunderstorms threatened and struck the region. US flags hung limp and dripping with water from the front of the boat.
Coast Guard Capt. Scott Stoermer said at a news conference Monday, "Everything on the bottom [of the boat] was photographed by the divers, and they conducted a survey on the bottom to assess its condition".
Tia Coleman and 10 of her relatives got on the duck boat to take a tour of Table Rock Lake during their family vacation.
The vessel will be loaded onto a vehicle and transported to a facility where the National Transportation Safety Board will take custody of it, Stoermer said.
Coast Guard records show that a similar duck boat in Philadelphia took on a 3- or 4-foot wave on October 3, 2015, as it carried 12 passengers on a tour of the Delaware River. The Missouri boat that sank was built in 1944. In the report, he explained why the vessels' engines - and pumps that remove water from their hulls - might fail in inclement weather. There's three sizes.' He says, 'I'm going to show you where they are. 17 people were killed last week when the duck boat sank. Missouri law requires boat passengers ages 7 and younger to wear life jackets on the water, but commercial vessels are exempt.
Lieutenant Tasha Sadowicz of the Coast Guard's regional office in St. Louis said a majority of the 22 Stretch Ducks operating in Missouri were built in 1944 or 1945.
"The captain did say something about life jackets".
"We remain deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride the Ducks Branson". We are offering to pay for all related medical bills and funeral expenses, return all personal items from the rescue scene, and assist with any related travel or accommodations that will help the families in their time of need.
Divers recovered a video-recording device from the boat and sent it to the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C. Agency spokesman Keith Holloway said it was unclear what the recorder captured.
It is also offering its employees grief counselling.