Deadly Missouri duck boat to be raised, most survivors leave hospital

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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday it will oversee the salvage operations for the amphibious vessel that was carrying 31 people when it went down on Thursday in a fierce and sudden storm on Table Rock Lake outside of the tourist destination of Branson.

A rescue boat threw her a life jacket and she was pulled aboard.

Removing canopies so passengers could escape easily during an emergency, adding backup buoyancy so boats could stay afloat if flooded and requiring passengers to wear life jackets are recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board 20 years ago to tourist "duck" boats.

Asked whether she was happy to be alive, she told a reporter, "I don't know yet, time will tell".

Coleman said she believes it was "God and good Samaritans" who'd helped her survive. Seventeen people, including five children, died.

FILE PHOTO: A duck boat is seen at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, U.S., July 19, 2018 in this picture grab obtained from social media video.

Tia Coleman was one of the survivors, and was on board with 10 family members when the boat sank.

But Paul said the boat would have been heavily modified to make it longer so that only part of it dates to World War II. Neither of them knew the victims, but they said they felt compelled to join, both to say prayers and show gratitude.

"She said her grandmother saved her, ' he told the paper".

Steve Paul, the owner of St. Louis-based Test Drive technologies said he issued a written report to Ripley Entertainment last August - explaining how their "Ride the Duck" boats' engines - and pumps that remove water from their hulls - might fail.

Sixteen passengers and one crew member died in the accident.

Ride the Ducks Branson said it was deeply saddened and has closed the business due to the investigation and to allow the community and families time to grieve.

Carolyn Coleman said she and her husband are planning to make a trip to IN for the funeral after the bodies are released. The footage ends before the boat capsizes.

Divers also recovered the recorder from the duck that sank. "They're not fit for water or land because they are half vehicle and half boat".

"When she reached the surface, battered by waves, she said people on a showboat nearby were jumping into the water saving people".

Survivors have told the media that the boat captain told passengers there was no need to wear life jackets, even shortly before sinking when the winds and waves appeared unsafe.

"This storm didn't come out of nowhere", she said.

Mayor Karen Best identified the crew member driving the boat as Bob Williams, known informally as "Captain Bob", and said he was a great ambassador for the city. The Stone County Sherrif's Office released their names: Angela Coleman, Arya Coleman, Belinda Coleman, Evrin Coleman, Glenn Coleman, Horace Coleman, Maxwell Coleman and Reece Coleman.

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