Officials raise duck boat that sank in storm, killing 17

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The Coast Guard will oversee salvage operations, coordinated by Ride the Ducks, of the sunken duck boat Stretch Duck 7, Monday morning.

A grieving mother whose nine relatives died in the Missouri duck boat disaster heard her sister-in-law shout "grab the baby!" before a huge wave struck the vessel.

He has not yet been interviewed by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, said Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the federal agency, although other Ride the Ducks staff have. I don't know who they were.

Her son Todd said on Thursday his daughter, who is recovering in hospital, said she could feel Leslie pushing her up as the boat filled with water. "And when they pulled me up from the boat, I didn't see any of my family".

Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus. Seventeen people were killed when the duck boat sank Thursday. The boat sank during a sudden storm Thursday at Table Rock Lake in the tourism town.

She and 11 members of her family made plenty of memories playing in the pool at their Branson, Missouri, hotel while on vacation from Indiana.

"These attractive people, angels - I don't know who they were, they pulled me up".

She said that after a while she felt there was nothing left to do but give up her fight and let go, allowing God to take her. She said she saw them taking group photos in her queue to board a second tour craft.

Only Tia Coleman and her nephew survived the incident on Table Rock Lake.

Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were aboard.

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In a statement, Herschend Family Entertainment said they are, "heartbroken about the accident and their prayers are with the victims".

"I said, Lord, let me die".

The NTSB recommends passengers not wear life jackets on boats with canopies because when the they sink, the life jackets prevent escape by floating people to the top of the canopy and trapping them underneath. By then, officials had determined that 17 of the 31 passengers on the duck boat perished, and divers had found the duck at the bottom of the lake.

McCay says Hamann told him the couple had just gone on a paddle boat and were planning to go again.

Angela Coleman, 45; Belinda Coleman, 69; Ervin Coleman, 76; Glenn Coleman, 40; Horace Coleman, 70; and 1-year-old Arya Coleman; Maxwell Coleman, 2; Evan Coleman, 7; and Reece Coleman, 9, lost their lives.

There were life jackets on the boat, but Coleman said the captain told them they didnt need to use them.

Branson Mayor Karen Best said Williams, the boat driver, was known by many as "Captain Bob" and was a "great ambassador" for the city.

Now, people from all over are coming to the Ride the Ducks building to leave gifts and flowers out front, showing their support any way they can.

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.

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