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Ankeny Nurse Makes Heroic Efforts to Save Missouri Duck Boat Victims

Ankeny Nurse Makes Heroic Efforts to Save Missouri Duck Boat Victims

Kristopher McClure, president of Maine Duck Tours, said the Portland-based company is not associated with Ride the Ducks and does not operate the same type of vessel, but immediately launched a review of its policies. "They go in and kind of around an island and back, and we had other boats in the water earlier, and it had been a very sort of calm experience up until this came very suddenly". He says investigators "want to preserve evidence as best is possible".

Rader said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the boat sank.

The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating, officials said.

Brayden Malaske watched from the Branson Belle just feet from where two duck boats struggled to stay afloat.

Brayden Malaske, of Harrah, Oklahoma, says no one was anxious about the weather when he boarded the Showboat Branson Belle with family shortly before the storm hit Thursday night.

The operators of Maine Duck Tours say they are reviewing all safety and weather policies following a duck boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people. She said this was the ride's only accident in more than 40 years of operation.

"Duck boats are death traps", said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose Philadelphia law firm handled litigation related to two fatal duck boat accidents there. Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on the boat when it capsized.

Seventeen people are dead - including children - after Thursday's duck boat sinking in Missouri, Southern Stone County Fire Protection District spokesman Eric Nielsen rold CNN. The incident is now under investigation, so it would not be prudent for us to comment or speculate as to what may have caused the incident, but extreme weather seems to have been a major factor.

The mayor identified the crew member driving the boat as Bob Williams, known informally as "Captain Bob".

Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious
Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious “duck boat” capsized and sank

In 1999, a boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas, which also killed 13 people.

In Seattle, of that same year, five college students died when a Duck boat crashed into a bridge.

"They are unsafe on land and on water".

Safety advocates have sought improvements and complained that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

Amphibious vessels like the duck boat became popular during World War II, and have since become popular with tourists. They were later modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.

Branson, in southwestern Missouri, is a family-friendly tourist destination whose attractions include "Dolly Parton's Stampede" dinner theater, the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai and a Titanic museum with a model of the sunken vessel's front half. Lester was on a nearby boat. "The wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere", she said.

"From what I understand there was life jackets in the duck", Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told the press conference. "She was unconscious. I was about ready to start CPR and the EMT did show up at that time".

Table Rock Lake is a 67-square-mile (174 sq km) reservoir on the White River. He declined to answer questions about whether passengers on the duck had been wearing them at the time.


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