"Duck Boat" capsizes during storm at lake in Missouri - 17 dead

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"Duck Boat" capsizes during storm at lake in Missouri - 17 dead

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Post by Les Nessman » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:39 pm

Four more people were confirmed dead Friday after a Missouri duck boat capsized on a Branson-area lake the night before, bringing the death toll in the tragedy to 17 and ending rescue efforts with all passengers and crew accounted for.

Some of the fatalities were children, officials said. Four adults and three children were brought to the hospital after the Thursday night accident at Table Rock Lake, including two who remained in critical condition Friday. The other patients had minor injuries, authorities said. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said those who died were between the ages of 1 to 70 years old, KMOV reported.

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Post by Raffles » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:43 pm

Yikes, how suddenly did the storm come up? Should the operator not get a met report as in aviation?

I would think the operator is going to be in serious trouble. Apparently the boat driver drowned but the "captain" survived.

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Post by Bell 407 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:34 am

Scary to see the video online when it goes over :yikes:

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Duck boat capsized amid fast-changing conditions on Missouri lake, NTSB says

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Post by Les Nessman » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:35 am

Conditions on a Missouri lake quickly went from calm to dangerous July 19, resulting in the capsizing of a duck boat and the deaths of 17 people, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday in preliminary findings.

The NTSB gathered evidence from a video recorder system that divers recovered after the tourist boat sank in Table Rock Lake near Branson. Of the 31 passengers on board, 17 died.

If you have video or photos of the July 19, amphibious vehicle accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO, or if you witnessed the accident, please contact the NTSB via email at witness@ntsb.gov
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While no conclusions have been reached as to what caused the accident, preliminary findings show that lake conditions changed within minutes, the board said.

According to the NTSB, the captain and driver boarded the vessel at 6:27 p.m. The video seems to show someone, only a minute later, stepping onto the rear of the vessel and advising the crew to take the water portion of the tour first. (Duck boats operate on both water and land.)

A minute later, with passengers boarding, the captain made a reference to looking at the weather radar prior to the trip.

The vessel entered the water around 6:55 p.m. at a time when the water appeared calm, the NTSB said. In fact, over the next five minutes the captain allowed four different children to sit in the driver's seat.

But suddenly just after 7 p.m., whitecaps rapidly appeared on the water and winds increased, the NTSB said. The captain returned to the driver's seat.

The driver lowered plastic side curtains and at 7:01 p.m. the captain made a comment about the storm.

At 7:03 p.m. the captain made a call on a handheld radio, but the content was unintelligible. A minute later, an electronic tone associated with the bilge alarm activated, until about a minute later when the captain reached down and the alarm stopped.

The captain made another call on a handheld radio at 7:05 but the content was again unintelligible.

Over the next couple of minutes, water splashed inside the passenger compartment.

At 7:07 p.m. an electronic tone associated with the bilge alarm activated again.

At 7:08 p.m. the inward-facing video recording ended as the vessel was still on the surface of the water.

The NTSB's investigation, proceeding on multiple tracks, will produce a "preliminary factual report" in the next few weeks, but a complete report is likely a year away.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Post by Raffles » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:38 am

:yikes: From calm to hurricane in 5 minutes. But surely the captain/driver noticed the buildup prior to the storm? We will have to wait and see what the NTSB says.



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Post by happyskipper » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:47 pm

A few observations - if I may:

1. The photo in the video, taken "just before the boat capsized and sank" show the vessel/vehicle exactly 90 degrees to the wind and waves. Not a good idea, in heavy weather - perhaps the engine had already died by then, due to water in the bilges, thus causing lack of steering. (No forward thrust means no way for the rudder to turn the boat)

2. These things should never have been given certificates of seaworthiness/roadworthiness. They are neither good vehicles, nor good vessels - they are death-traps, and to load 20+ people into these things for "tours" is just stupid. They were designed for seaborne assaults on beaches during WW2 - but in the USA everyone has "rights" to do whatever they like....

My opinion - and I would never let a family member of friend climb aboard one of these things without warning them of the dangers involved.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-duc ... story.html



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