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Officials release names of those killed in boat accident

Officials release names of those killed in boat accident

There had been wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour reported at Branson Airport at the time of the tragic accident.

Steve Smith, a vacationing retired teacher from Osceola, Arkansas, and his teenage son Lance Smith, died in the lake, said Glenn Oakes, a church elder at the Osceola Church of Christ.

Pattison also spoke with CBS This Morning, saying that the boat should not have been in the water. "I felt the water temperature raise to warm", she continued.

"We do not allow our Ducks to go into the Charles River if there is lightning in the area or if conditions are forecasted to exceed our operating parameters set by the U.S. Coast Guard", said Bob Schwartz, a spokesman for the company.

"Our hearts are broken in hearing of the Branson, Missouri Duckboat tragedy", her parents, Martha and Ivan Warmuth, said in a statement Friday.

Horrifying video footage shot by another visitor to the lake showed the duck boat's open sides letting in water as waves lapped against it.

Authorities confirmed that one-year-old Arya Coleman was the youngest member of the family to die in the incident while Ervin Coleman, 76, was the oldest. Rader noted that the boat's captain survived the sinking but the driver did not. Coleman said. Coleman added, "I said Jesus just keep me, just keep me so I can get to my children, keep me lord and I can swim and I was swimming as fast as I could and I could not reach the life jackets".

"They had them readily available on top of each and every person's seat", rider Annetta McCoy said.

Seven people have been hospitalized.

An off-duty deputy working security helped rescue people, Rader said, without providing details.

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There were life jackets on board the boat, but it's unclear whether they were used, officials said.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake.

One of the boats made it to shore but the other was driven back by the wind and eventually overwhelmed.

Ride the Ducks Seattle had no shortage of riders on Friday, a day after furious waves capsized a similar amphibious tour boat in a Missouri lake.

Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 7 p.m. after thunderstorms rolled through an area that is a Midwestern tourist destination, the fire district said on Twitter. They have the ability to travel on land and in water.

The vessel was owned by Ripley Entertainment company, whose "Ride the Ducks" website on Saturday said the business is closed "while we support the investigation".

Looking for a fun activity, we boarded the Ride the Ducks boat.

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

Duck boats were originally used by the USA military in World War II to transport troops and supplies, and later were modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.