e US Coast Guard on Monday dredged up the Duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake last week, drowning 17 people in one of the deadliest tourist accidents in the United States in years. A sudden intense storm on Thursday generated waves and winds at near hurricane strength at Table Rock Lake.
Capsizing the boat which had 31 people on board. Less than half survived the accident, and officials are now looking into what the boat's operators knew about the weather forecast before setting out.>> One of the focus of the investigation is to determine whether or not the operation and this particular voyage was conducted in accordance with the operational guidance and the operational manual for Ride the Ducks.
>> The Coast Guard said it will hand the amphibious craft over to federal investigators. The boat's black box, which contains video and other data, was recovered last week, and has already been taken to a Washington lab for analysis. Among the dead were the boat's driver and nine members of a single family from Indiana.
Tia Coleman, one of the only two members of that family aboard the boat to survive, said the captain who was among the survivors told passengers there was no need to put on life jackets. Missouri's Attorney General said the state is considering whether to bring criminal charges.