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Ride the Ducks boat recovered from bottom of Table Rock Lake

The Ride the Duck boat that sank on Thursday, July 19, 2018, killing 17 people was recovered from the bottom of Table Rock Lake on Monday, July 23, 2018, by the Coast Guard.
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The Ride the Duck boat that sank on Thursday, July 19, 2018, killing 17 people was recovered from the bottom of Table Rock Lake on Monday, July 23, 2018, by the Coast Guard.

On Thursday, July 19, a Ride the Ducks tour boat was making its way across Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo., when a severe storm with winds exceeding 60 mph kicked up white-capped waves.

The boat, with 31 people aboard, took on water and started sinking.

In all, 17 people died and 14 survived. The investigation into the incident has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Star has complete coverage of the fatal duck boat accident and its aftermath in the popular tourist town.

As it happened

Seventeen people aboard a duck boat were killed Thursday evening as winds exceeding 60 mph ripped across Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri.

Witnesses to the sinking

From the front deck to the windows of the Showboat Branson Belle, witnesses watched the waves get higher and water rougher as the Ride the Ducks boat struggled to move through the waves.

The victims

The 17 people killed in the tragedy included an Indiana family on vacation, a teenager and a former pastor who was the boat’s driver.

Survivors’ stories

Fourteen people survived the tragic incident, including two from a family of 11.

Looking for answers

Flowers, balloons, candles and messages of comfort sat outside the Ride the Ducks in Branson to remember those who perished Thursday evening when the duck boat they were riding in sank in violent waters on Table Rock Lake. Now, an investigation is ongoing.

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