Nine of them, including three children, died.
The dangers of amphibious tour boats have been a concern for years.
Others who died in the accident at Table Rock Lake included a Missouri couple who had recently celebrated a birthday, a longtime Rhode Island pastor who was operating the boat and an in father and son. It capsized, then sank.
Tia Coleman told Indianapolis television station WXIN that she and a nephew were the only survivors among 11 relatives aboard the boat. Her husband and three children, including a 1-year-old, all died.
Eleven members of the Coleman family joined together in Branson, Missouri for a family trip not knowing that only two would survive an accident on a duck boat. Tias voice was calm on the phone, and Carolyn assumed she was probably still in shock, as if the weight of her loss had yet to take its toll.
"I said, 'Lord, please, let me get to my babies, " she told reporters from her wheelchair Saturday in the lobby of a hospital, where she's recovering after swallowing lake water. I lost my sister-in-law. A family member confirmed to local media outlets that another GoFundMe titled "Coleman Family Boat Accident" is also legitimate.
While life jackets are a normal, and life-saving, accessory in aquatic recreational activities, they weren't required to be worn on the Ride the Ducks boats that Coleman rode on and some experts argue that the safety equipment could actually have made escaping the sinking vessel even harder.
It was a rescue boat with people throwing life jackets into the water.
In total, 14 people survived - fewer than half the boats passengers and crew - on Thursday evening.
The tragedy was a sudden departure from what had been, for many, a lovely summer day in the Midwestern retreat.
Another witness, Trent Behr said people rushed to try and save the duck boat passengers and crew.
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"This storm didn't come out of nowhere", she said. "Right now, were hurting and were not smiling". "I don't know how I'm going to do it". Mourners lit candles around cars left on the parking lot overnight - believed to belong to the victims. "They were starting to panic", Tomasetti said, noting that he wanted to help in any way possible. Tomasetti stood in the front of the crowd in the embrace of his loved ones, all in tears. Paul called the boats "a death trap" and would not let his own family ride in them. Josh Daniel, who lives nearby, placed one flower on each vehicle earlier that day. The investigation will take one year, Weener said. Rader said over the weekend he didn't know if people were wearing them.
Watch:The captain did say something about life jackets.
- A candlelight vigil was held Friday night in Branson, Missouri for the people who lost their lives when a duck boat sank during a storm. Add Duck Boat Accident as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Duck Boat Accident news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
It's also not clear that any agency had the authority to keep boats off the lake.
The Coast Guard will oversee salvage operations, coordinated by Ride the Ducks, of the sunken duck boat Stretch Duck 7, Monday morning.
Gary and Carolyn Coleman live in Riverdale, Georgia.
The driver, Branson resident Robert "Bob" Williams, 73, is among the dead.
Janice Bright, 63, and William Bright, 65, had recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary before they were killed in the disaster. Also killed were 64-year-old Leslie Dennison of IL, and 53-year-old Steve Smith and his son, 15-year-old Lance Smith, both from Arkansas. One, Leslie Dennison, 64, was from IL.
Angela's two-year-old son Maxwell died in the tragic accident, as did Glenn's sons Evan, 7, and Reece, 9, and his one-year-old daughter Arya. Before long, the small, flat-bottomed half-boat half-bus sank, plunging 80 feet to the bottom of the lake. "These boats were not designed for recreational use, especially with large numbers of people and weather like this".
"Lord help him", Plummer remembered thinking. "Bob Williams was the finest man I've ever known".