Crews to remove duck boat from lake after fatal accident

2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Monday, July 23 2018 Jul 23, 2018 Monday, July 23, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT July 23, 2018 in News
By: Jared Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is planning to raise a duck boat that sank in a southern Missouri lake during powerful winds, killing 17 people.

The work to recover the Ride the Ducks boat from Table Rock Lake is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Monday. The boat went down Thursday night in the Branson area after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. The boat is submerged in 80 feet (24 meters) of water.

Divers are expected to swim down to the vessel and connect it to a crane, which will lift it to the surface.

Divers already have recovered a digital recorder from the boat. The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are hoping the recorder will assist in their investigation into why the boat sank.

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