Resident says life vests not worn on duck boats

Here are the 17 victims of the deadly Missouri duck boat incident

Two Ride the Ducks amphibious tour boats departed the dock at Branson for an outing on Table Rock Lake.

"The salvage plan includes bringing Stretch Duck 7 to the surface, taking it to shore and transporting it to a secure facility for further inspection and investigation, where the National Transportation Safety Board will maintain custody of it", the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The driver of the duck boat, Robert Williams, 73, died in the sinking, said his widow, Judy Williams. I don't know how I am going to do it.

Tia Colemans husband and all of her three children died.

The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches.

Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks Branson, is cooperating, according to Weener, and donated a similar vessel to the one that sank. She said she lost all her children, but she did not say how many. A total of nine members of her family perished.

"I just can't imagine trying to deal with nine people in your family".

"People get trapped in the canopy, the life jackets force them up but the canopy pulls them down", he said.

"I said, 'Lord, please, let me get to my babies, " she told reporters from her wheelchair Saturday in the lobby of a hospital, where she's recovering after swallowing lake water.

Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike. Dark clouds, whipping winds and heavy rains had abruptly turned a routine tour into a disaster for 29 passengers and two crew members. Martin says there is "no explanation" and that the family is suffering from survivors' guilt.

Carolyn Coleman said she and her husband are planning to make a trip to IN for the funeral after the bodies are released.

Mrs Coleman then described how she swam to a rescue boat on the lake. "I was floating up to the top, I felt the water temperature raise to warm, and as I felt the water temperature raise I jumped up and I saw the big boat that sits out there". Nine were from IN, all from the Coleman family: Angela, 45; Belinda, 69; Ervin, 76; Glenn, 40; Horace, 70; Reece, 9; Eva, 7; Maxwell, 2; and Arya, 1. "It's just heartbreaking", said friend Russ McKay, who said talked to Hamann the day before the accident.

Coleman said in a previous interview with NBC affiliate WTHR of Indianapolis that during the trip the captain told passengers where the life jackets were, but said they would not be needed.

Duck boats are amphibious vessels that were originally used by the USA military in World War II to transport troops and supplies by land and sea.

Pattison said the duck boat had life jackets onboard but Missouri law doesn't require people to wear them.

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