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The inspector says he tried to warn Missouri duck boat company

The inspector says that he tried to ward duck boat company about design flaws for up to 17 people were killed in Missouri.

A Missouri lawmaker vowed Monday to beef up safety standards for amphibious duck boats following Thursday’s fatal accident that 17 people have been killed and wounded several more.

Republican Senator David sater told The Associated Press he was awaiting the results of the federal investigation into the accident, but promised that “this issue will not fall.”

The promise of sater came on the same day crews recovered from the Ride the Ducks boat of 80 metres from the murky water of the lake in the vicinity of the tourist town of Branson.

As the ship broke the surface, mid-morning on Monday, two small Americans flags remained on the front. Unused orange life jackets dangled from the frame of the boat as a ghostly reminder of the chain of events that have taken place five days ago.

After pulling the duck boat out of the water, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board, took the authority of the.

It is not clear how long the investigation will take, but similar projects have taken up to a year.

Kelly and Bob bungalow is within, who are visiting friends near Hollister, Mo., were among a handful of residents and tourists who watched a crane attached to a boat to pull the broken boat of the lake.

“I wanted to go by the Ducks office location also, but I couldn’t bring myself to drive past,” Kelly bungalow is within told Fox News. “So we’re here in the first place. We have prayed for the victims and for the captain. He will have to live with this his whole life.”

The duck boat that sank on Table Rock Lake were 31 people on board.

The amphibious ship is destroyed during a fast-moving summer storm that in the near-hurricane gusts which showed ripples to big waves.

Mobile phone video from a witness showed the duck boat taking on water and struggling to move for the sink, making it one of the most deadly duck boat accident in AMERICAN history.

Coast guard Lt Tasha Sadowicz of the agency St. Louis office said that the boat sunk was known as a “Stretch Duck 07.” Like all of the duck boats in operation in Branson, was subject to annual inspections.

The coast guard said the Branson duck boat sunk was built in 1944 and had passed an inspection in February.

But Sadowicz said the coast guard “certificate of inspection” placed restrictions on when the boats in the water on the basis of the wind speed and the sea state,” which refers to the height of the waves.

Sadowicz not have any information about the Stretch Duck 07 limits, but said that they are a focal point of the research.

Sadowicz said the researchers also want to know if the operators and adequate monitoring of weather conditions and must be reasonably well-known a storm was approaching.

Witnesses have told Fox News that the weather proved to be calm before a storm suddenly whipped up strong waves and spray.

But almost eight hours earlier, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the western and central Missouri counties.

A severe thunderstorm warning that went out to 6:32 p.m. specifically mentioned in Table Rock Lake. The first emergency call about the accident happened just after 7 a.m.

Meteorologist Elisa Raffa of KOLR-TV in Springfield, said in a phone interview Saturday that her station was to predict the threat of severe weather in the morning.

Coast guard Captain Scott Stoermer said the research will also consider the question of whether the captain of the boat, followed company guidelines relating to the use of the life jackets.

Missouri law requires boat passengers children from 7 years of age and younger to wear life jackets, but commercial vessels such as the duck boats are exempt.

The law requires that there be enough life jackets for passengers and crew, and jackets that suit all children. Or to advise passengers to use of life jackets is an operation “decision” made by the captain, Stoermer said.

Survivor Tia Coleman told reporters from her hospital bed on Saturday that the boat of the captain told riders they don’t need life jackets. When the ship began taking on water, Coleman said: “it was too late.”

“I believe that a lot of people could have been spared,” said Coleman, who lost 9 members of her family on the duck boat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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