Sky News: A woman who lost nine members of her family, including her children and husband, when a “duck boat” sank claims the captain told people not to put on life jackets.
The state governor’s office earlier confirmed that nine passengers from one family were among the 17 who died when the boat went down on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake on Thursday.
Winds up to 65mph had whipped up the water and the boat carrying 31 people became swamped by waves and capsized.
The ages of the those killed range from one to 70.
Tia Coleman told local TV station Fox 59: “I lost all my children, I lost my husband, I lost my mother in law, I lost my father in law, I lost my uncle, I lost my sister in law – she was my sister – and I lost my nephew, I’m okay, but this is really hard.”
She added: “The captain told us ‘don’t worry about grabbing the life jackets, you won’t need them,’ so nobody grabbed them because we listened to the captain and he told us to stay seated.
AP: Divers searched a Missouri lake Friday for four people still missing after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, killing at least 13 people in the tourist town of Branson.
Authorities blamed stormy weather for the accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. Winds at the time were blowing as hard as 65 mph (105 kph), according to the National Weather Service.
Fourteen people survived, including seven who were injured when the boat went down, state police said.