Table Rock Community Mourns and Comes Together for all Involved in the Duck Boat Tragedy- More Details Released…

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Updated Monday July 23rd 2018 at 7:25 a.m. 

 

The investigation is ongoing at Table Rock Lake to determine every fact that led up to and caused, the sinking of the Ride The Ducks boat, that killed 16 passengers plus one crew member.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop D’s report #180441690, the following are updated details of the event and the passengers on board;

Completed by MSGT MD Green of the MSHP’s Troop D, 940, Incident #180441690, occuring on 07/19/2018 at approximately 7:13 p.m. in Stone County, Boat Swamping occuring approximately 75 feet North of the Branson Belle, Nearest to Point 2 on Table Rock Lake.

Boat Description- 1944 GMC Amphibious Vehicle (Duck Boat) totaled and left at the scene.

Navigated by Kenneth McKee, 51, from Missouri, Minor Injuries.

Passengers Injury Information-

William Asher, 69, Fatality, from Missouri, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Janice Bright, 63, Fatality, from Missouri, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

William Bright, 65, Fatality, from Missouri, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Angela Coleman, 45, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Arya Coleman, 1, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Belinda Coleman, 69, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Ervin Coleman, 76, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Evan Coleman, 7, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Glenn Coleman, 40, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Horace Coleman, 70, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Maxwell Coleman, 2, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Reece Coleman, 9, Fatality, from Indiana, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Tia Coleman, 34, Moderate Injuries, from Indiana, Tranported to Cox Hospital in Branson

Gillian Collins, 15, No Injuries, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Not Transported

Shayne Collins, 42, No Injuries, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Not Transported

Tiffany Collins, 42, No Injuries, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Not Transported

Alicia Dennison, 12, Moderate Injuries, from Illinois, Unknown Where or If Transported

Leslie Dennison, 64, Fatality, from Illinois, Transported to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield, Missouri.

Donovan Hall, 13, Moderate Injuries, from Indiana, Unknown Where or If Transported

Rosemarie Hamann, 68, Fatality, from Missouri, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Tayden Kimbley, 10, No Injuries, from New Mexico, Unknown Where or If Transported

Talyssa Mann, 19, No Injuries, from New Mexico, Unknown Where or If Transported

Cayden McDonald, 10, No Injuries, from Texas, Unknown Where or If Transported

Chloe McDonald, 11, No Injuries, from Texas, Unknown Where or If Transported

Tomlin McDonald, 39, No Injuries, from Texas, Unknown Where or If Transported

Kenneth McKee, 51, Minor Injuries, from Missouri, Unknown Where or If Transported

Ronita McKinley, 64, Serious Injuries, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Transported to Cox Hospital in Branson

Lance Smith, 15, Fatality, from Arkansas, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Loren Smith, 14, No Injuries, from Arkansas, Unknown Where or If Transported

Steve Smith, 53, Fatality, from Arkansas, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

Bob Williams, 73, Fatality, from Missouri, Taken to Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office in Springfield Missouri.

 

Important note, the incident report states that not one of the 31 people aboard were wearing a safety device.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report, these are Troop D’s 2nd through 18th boating fatalities for 2018. This fatality incident occurred when the 1944 GMC Amphibious Duck Boat entered Table Rock Lake and was overcome by high winds in a thunderstorm, causing the vessel to swamp and sink.

According to multiple reports, weather radar and reports clearly forecasted this thunderstorm with high winds.

Once again, everyone at The AW Smith Law Firm, sends our love and prayers to everyone involved in this tragic incident.

 

Updated Friday July 20th at 11:21 a.m.

 

BRANSON, MISSOURI — Seventeen people, including at least one child, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake.

At least seven other passengers were injured, including two in serious condition. On Friday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol found the last four bodies that had been unaccounted for, according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.

Rader reported that eleven were dead just after 11 p.m. on Thursday night. Two more bodies were discovered later in the night before the final search on Friday. The Ride the Ducks tourist boat, owned by Ripley Entertainment, sank near the Showboat Branson Belle with a reported 31 people on board.

During a press conference Friday morning, Rader said it was too early to know the cause of the incident. He said there were life jackets in the boat but it’s not clear how safety equipment was used.

Rader said the investigation is ongoing and added, “It’s been a very trying night.”

He said the captain of the boat, who has 16 years of experience, survived, but the driver did not. Rader declined to give an age range of the passengers or elaborate on whether they were local or tourists.

“We’re still working with families and making notifications, so at this time, I’m not giving that information out,” he said.

He said it is unknown whether the captain or Ride the Ducks staff checked the forecast prior to going on the lake. He said he has not spoken to the survivors yet.

He asked that anyone who has video of the incident send it to his office to help with the investigation.

Rescue boats searched Table Rock Lake on Friday where the Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday.
Rescue boats searched Table Rock Lake on Friday where the Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday. (Photo: Nathan Papes)

CoxHealth said in a statement victims were being treated at Cox Branson.

Spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said the patients were a mix of adults and children. She said the hospital routinely practices for emergency events like this and Thursday night was an all-hands-on-deck situation.

She said Friday morning that the hospital admitted three patients for medical reasons. Two patients are in the critical care unit, and one is in fair condition. She said the total number of people who sought care at Cox Branson was seven — three children and four adults.

She said a range of injuries were reported including ear pain, shock, shoulder pain and near drowning.

She said mock simulations, including one held weeks ago at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, allow emergency medical personnel to practice patient triage and other skills necessary in a major incident.

On Friday, McConnell said representatives from Burrell Behavioral Health were on the Cox Branson campus to provide emotional support for staff members.

Rader said a sheriff’s deputy was off duty working security at the nearby Showboat Branson Belle and helped rescue people. Recovery efforts continued after dark, with some passengers still unaccounted for. A dive team from Western Taney County was in the water and a team from the Missouri State Highway Patrol was responding, as well.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lora Ratliff says the Coast Guard will be in charge of the Branson Duck boat investigation as the Coast Guard is in charge of all investigations on U.S. waterways.

 

Update: BRANSON, MISSOURI-

The Stone County Sheriff’s Department is providing updates on the deadly duck boat accident that happened Thursday night on Table Rock Lake.

At least 13 people, including children, were killed when an amphibious duck boat capsized and sank on a lake during a fast moving, severe thunderstorm.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said divers found two more bodies early Friday morning as authorities resumed search and rescue operations on Table Rock Lake.

The Ride the Ducks tourist boat, a hybrid land and water vehicle, sank Thursday evening with 31 people on board including children.

According to Stone County Sheriff, Doug Rader, the duck boat went down near the popular Showboat Branson Belle.

 

 

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Update: BRANSON, MISSOURI-

Authorities say 13 people are dead and four are still missing after a tourist duck boat carrying 31 people got caught in the middle of a fast approaching storm causing the boat to capsize and sink on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, on Thursday. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of more than 60 mph.

Jim Pattison Jr., the president of Ripley Entertainment, which owns the duck boat tour company involved in the incident, told “CBS This Morning” on Friday the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water.”

When asked why the duck boat tour continued with sever weather coming in; “I don’t have all the details, but to answer your question, no, it shouldn’t have been in the water if, if what happened, happened.”

“This business has been operating for 47 years and we’ve never had an incident like this or anything close to it. To the best of our knowledge, and we don’t have a lot of information now, it was a fast-moving storm that came out of basically nowhere, is sort of the verbal analysis I’ve got,” Pattison said.

According to Pattison, the boats do have life jackets on board but passengers are not required to wear them by law.

“Usually the lake is very placid and it’s not a long tour, they go in and kind of around an island and back. We had other boats in the water earlier and it had been a great, sort of calm experience,” Pattison said.

He added that the captain of that particular boat had 16 years of experience with the company, Ride the Ducks.

“You know, they have a very good record. So, again, this seems to be sort of almost a micro storm effect of something that no one was expecting to happen the way that it did,” Pattison said.

Some of the victims were children. Police say the search for survivors is not over.

The death toll from a capsized tourist boat that sank Thursday night during a thunderstorm on a Missouri lake has risen to 13, according to officials.

Children are among the dead, although authorities have not provided an exact breakdown of the victims yet.

 

 

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Original Story: Branson Missouri-

Authorities say 13 people are dead and four are still missing after a tourist duck boat carrying 31 people got caught in the middle of a fast approaching storm causing the boat to capsize and sink on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, on Thursday. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of more than 60 mph.

Four other people remain missing after a tourist duck boat was pounded by powerful winds on Table Rock Lake near Branson, causing it to sink, the Stone County Sheriff’s office said.

Seven people were being treated at a hospital, one with severe injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the sheriff’s office added.

Severe thunderstorms generating winds up to 60 mph moved through the area at the time the Ride the Ducks boat encountered trouble around 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET), reported KYTV of Springfield Missouri, the local NBC affiliate.

“I believe it was caused by weather,” Sheriff Doug Rader said.

Jim Patterson, president of Ripley Entertainment, which owns the duck boat tours in Branson, told CBS This Morning that the company was gathering more information about what led to the tragedy.

“It was a fast-moving storm that came out of basically nowhere is sort of the verbal analysis I’ve got,” Patterson told CBS.

But, he acknowledged, the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water if what happened, happened.”

Al Roker from NBC stated that severe weather had been in the forecasts.

“There was one line [of storms] that already moved through earlier in the afternoon, and then that second line starts coming in around 5, 6 o’clock and by 7, right on top of Branson,” Roker said.

The incident was witnessed by horrified onlookers who described waves of up to 6 feet high.

The same type of six-wheeled amphibious, duck boat, vehicle was involved in a sinking that killed 13 people near Hot Springs, Ark., in 1999, after the vessel took on an uncontrollable amount of water. The boat sank in less than seven minutes.

The converted military vessels were designed to land soldiers from sea to soil during World War II but dozens of the boats are still operational and used to transport tourists in coastal destinations, such as Seattle and Boston.

Our thought and prayers are with all of the families involved in this tragedy. Table Rock Lake is known for it’s usually calm and beautiful water. When something like this incident happens, it rocks the entire community.