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Divers Raise Sunken Duck Boat From Lake

The NTSB will take custody as investigation continues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2018 1:45 PM CDT
The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday.   (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)
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(Newser) – The duck boat that capsized and sank last week on a sightseeing cruise was raised from a Missouri lake Monday, more than three days after the accident that killed 17 people near the tourist town of Branson. Divers attached a sling to the vessel, which was submerged in 80 feet of water, and a crane then pulled it up. The vessel will be loaded onto a vehicle and transported to a facility where the National Transportation Safety Board will take custody of it as part of its investigation, per the AP.

Divers have recovered a video-recording device that was aboard the boat, although it's unclear whether it was working when the boat capsized or whether any data can be retrieved, including audio. None of those aboard were wearing flotation devices. Missouri law requires boat passengers ages 7 and younger to wear life jackets on the water, but commercial vessels are exempt. They are required only to have enough flotation devices for all passengers and crew, and life jackets that fit every child on board, said Lt. Tasha Sadowicz of the U.S. Coast Guard. (Somehow, nine members of one family all survived.)

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