Table Rock Lake victims remembered at Sunday service

Marc LaVoie
July 23, 2018 - 7:20 am

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A church bell chimed 17 times Sunday at Williams Chapel at College of the Ozarks to honor the 17 people who lost their lives when a duck boat sank last Thursday.

"I've had pastors from the city come, and they've prayed for me, and said they'll keep me in their thoughts and prayers," said Tia Coleman, who lost nine members of her family in the tragedy. "That's the best way I'm getting through it."

Several experts have called duck boats dangerous in recent years. 

The amphibious vehicles are not meant for civilian use, said Rudy McCallop, a who said he rode on duck boats during the Korean War.

"They put all these canopes and all that stuff," McCallop said. "Those ducks were bare -- they didn't have none of that stuff on them."

Some experts say that duck boat industry leaders and state leaders never took enough action after the NTSB made safety recommendations in 2001. Many people are calling for the U.S. Coast Guard or Congress to make duck boat tours illegal.

At least 43 people have died in duck boat accidents in the United States since 1999, according to a Philadelphia law firm representing clients in previous incidents.
 

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