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.
BRANSON – The ill-fated duck boat that sank in the middle of a storm on Thursday, 17 dead, was raised from the depths of a Missouri lake Monday, as the authorities hope to learn more about the reason why the ship ran aground.
During the retrieval of the efforts, which began around 9 a.m., divers, connected to the Ride the Ducks boat with a crane that dragged the ship from its resting place of 80 meters deep in the Table Rock Lake. U. S. Coast Guard Captain Scott Stoermer said the boat will be dewatered and given to the National Transportation Security Board to research.
The duck boat was raised from the Missouri more on Monday, four days after it sank during a storm.
“The boat was at the bottom [of the lake] and resting on its axis,” Stoermer said.
He added: “One of the goals of the research is to evaluate whether the operational guidance for a Ride on the Ducks, and for this operation was followed.”
About an hour before the Coast Guard began pulling the boat up from the bottom of Table Rock Lake on Monday, the Branson duck boat company announced it had offered to pay the medical bill and funeral costs for the victims of the Thursday accident.
Retrieval efforts began around 9 hours
In a statement posted on Facebook, the company said it “remained deeply saddened by the tragic accident.”
On Sunday, mechanical inspector Steven Paul told Fox News he warned the company that the duck boat on the huge design flaws and dangerous safety issues for almost a year before the accident.
Paul, who served in the U.S. Army for 6 years as a diesel mechanic for the opening of Test Drive Technologies in 2009, told Fox he was hired by Ripley Entertainment last year to inspect the 24 duck boats.
Paul said he sent the company a “2-to-3-page fleet inspection report” as well as 24 checklist reports, and “as many as 20 pictures for each duck,” he inspected in August 2017.
In the report, he warned that the boats motors — and pumps for removing water from their hulls — might fail in bad weather. In rough conditions, water in the exhaust system, and then in the engine, cutting it off. With the engine off, the pump for removing water from the hull would not work.
Paul said he will hand over his report to the NTSB sometime Monday.
The Florida-based company has not responded to multiple calls for comment.
BRANSON DUCK BOAT OPERATOR WAS WARNED IN 2017 HAZARDS, SAYS INSPECTOR
The boat, with 31 people on board sank Thursday evening after it left for a trip on the lake, which was affected by a thunderstorm, the generation of near-hurricane force of wind. National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Instrument said on Saturday the press conference there were included anemometer readings of 73 km / h. Hurricane-force winds are thought to begin at about 75 mph, said Instrument, which also estimated the waves increased to about 4 metres, with the possibility of 6 meter peaks.
Nine people from the same family have died in the accident. The other tourists on board were from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. All the people on board the boat were taken to a hospital had been released by Monday morning.
Mobile phone video from a witness showed the duck boat taking on water and struggling to move before the sinking. Divers also recovered a video recording device from the boat, but it is unclear whether the capture of the accident or if the images can be retrieved.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.