What are duck boats? An explanation of the amphibious vehicles

What are duck boats? An explanation of the amphibious vehicles

What are duck boats? An explanation of the amphibious vehicles

Tia Coleman, a surviving relative of the nine family members who died, told a local news station that the captain of the boat told the passengers earlier in their trip that they "won't need" life jackets.

Boston Duck Tours says it closely watches for extreme weather conditions when operating duck boats, after a tragic duck boat accident during a thunderstorm in Branson, Missouri killed 13 people on Thursday night. Weather reports had high wind hitting the area about 7 p.m.

Seattle: The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles' axles sheared off and it collided with a bus in Seattle in 2015, killing five international students, critically injuring eight and seriously injuring eight others.

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

The weather had been nice until shortly before the disaster, Allison Lester, who saw what happened from a nearby boat, said in another television interview. By law, the duck boat has life jackets on board, but passengers aren't required to wear them.

In an interview with CNN, Missouri Gov. Michael Parson called the incident "just a bad, horrific tragic accident". State and federal investigators were trying to determine what went sent the vessel known as a duck boat to its demise.

At least 17 people, including several children, were killed in the accident. Two adults are in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said. "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue".

Wendy Doucey, an office manager at the Stone County sheriff's office, said that divers had recovered the four bodies from the sunken duck boat. The other crew member, who survived, was in charge when the craft took to the water, USA media reported.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil outside the boat operator’s office on Friday night
Hundreds of people attended a vigil outside the boat operator’s office on Friday night Charlie Riedel A

A bystander took a more than four minute video of the duck boat slowly being swamped by waves as it tried to make it to shore, before it finally capsized and sank. Ride the Ducks was founded in 1977 in Branson (the site of Thursday's fatal incident); the business later expanded, beginning tours in Philadelphia in 2003.

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone says in the background as the water crashes into the smaller boats. "There are still people in the water", Parson said.

"My boats are original from World War II", Roberts said. The investigation found the people aboard died, trapped by the canopy on the boat. I was inspired by the stories I heard from some of those who were part of the rescue effort and tremendously encouraged by the strength of the family members of victims I met with today. "They're not fit for water or land because they are a half auto and half boat".

About 300 people gathered in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks of Branson and others mourned at a church, singing "Amazing Grace" at both locations.

Stone County sheriff Doug Rader said the boat had sunk in 40ft (12m) of water, and then rolled into 80ft of water.

As the southern region near the Arkansas border struggled to come to grips with the tragedy, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent condolences.

The company added: "This incident has deeply affected all of us". He wrote Friday on Twitter, "Such a tragedy, such a great loss".

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