At least 11 dead, 7 injured in Missouri duck boat accident

At least 11 dead, 7 injured in Missouri duck boat accident

At least 11 dead, 7 injured in Missouri duck boat accident

The investigation into the sinking of a duck boat that killed 17 people in Missouri -- including nine from one family - could take up to a year to complete, the National Transportation Safety Board said. "Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving - that's me and my nephew", Coleman told Fox59.

Coleman says the captain of the boat told passengers, "Don't worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them".

"And when I saw they were throwing out life jackets to people and I said, 'Jesus keep me just keep me so I can get to my children".

An email seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the Ride the Ducks boat, was not immediately returned.

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone repeatedly says in the video as massive waves hit the duck boats, at times almost burying them. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 6:32 p.m., more than half an hour before police were called about the boat capsizing.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said all bodies have now been recovered from Thursday's accident.

The incident began around 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday after thunderstorms rolled through the area, when two duck boats were out on the lake, officials said.

Early Saturday, the Stone County Sheriff's Office confirmed to AFP the identity of the 17 victims - nine of whom had the name, Coleman. The crew was warned to get in and out of the lake quickly as a storm was approaching, she said.

Lawyers who represented the families of two students who died in a 2010 duck boat sinking in Philadelphia have been calling for a ban on the amphibious vehicles since then.

Duck boats were originally used by the US military in World War II to transport troops and supplies, and later were modified for use as sightseeing vehicles. Both headed back to shore but only one made it.

Authorities have not yet identified the victims. She said this was the area's only duck boat accident in more than 40 years of operation. "I don't think it will stop people, but what I do hope is that boaters and people who do their eyes as to what can happen out there", said Barlow.

"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.

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

On the state-run Missouri Division of Tourism's website, VisitMO, Ride the Ducks said, "Our Ducks use the latest in marine design and safety".

Fourteen people of 31 on board survived the ordeal - seven of whom were taken to the hospital.

Lester said the weather had been nice Thursday.

"These people showed an awesome strength maybe that we don't always give them credit for", Cox said by telephone.

But cell phone video recorded from a passenger on a nearby showboat captured Lemus' duck boat struggling along with another one a short distance away.

US President Donald Trump offered his "deepest sympathies" in a Friday morning tweet.

A duck boat is a land-to-sea vehicle that has tires to travel on the road and can drive into water and cruise on a lake or river, just like a boat.

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