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Old 07-20-2018, 02:37 PM
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I read one article that mentions the restaurant was actually a larger dinner cruise vessel and not shoreline. It talked about those workers jumping in with life jackets, but I agree, bailing out and taking my chances in the waves would have been the right move. Unfortunately I would guess that most of the passengers were tourists with many backgrounds and not necessarily boaters like us who can sense when you need to get out and assumed they were safer in the vehicle than out in the waves.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:37 PM
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When we were on Table Rock back in May it was a clear day but the wind was blowing pretty good creating rough conditions plus the wakes from cruisers. I remember seeing the Duck Boats sitting low in the water full of people with the waves rolling pretty high on the sides and saying to my wife that their was no way I'd be in those things.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:45 PM
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I read one article that mentions the restaurant was actually a larger dinner cruise vessel and not shoreline. It talked about those workers jumping in with life jackets, but I agree, bailing out and taking my chances in the waves would have been the right move. Unfortunately I would guess that most of the passengers were tourists with many backgrounds and not necessarily boaters like us who can sense when you need to get out and assumed they were safer in the vehicle than out in the waves.
That makes sense. There is a pretty large old paddle boat style cruiser out there that does dinner cruises near the dam. That would make sense based on the location.

Man, what a tragedy. That lake is such a great lake, but sure can change in an instant. Really sad, wish I could have been there to help.

Someone else said it best, they probably just didn't have someone with boater's wherewithal to understand what to do in that situation. I think any captain on this site knows when to abandon ship. You'd know when your vessel was no longer able to be controlled, and that's the time to get out.
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:23 PM
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Just saw that there was a severe thunderstorm warning at 6:30, when the boat went down at 7. 100000% avoidable.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:51 PM
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That makes sense. There is a pretty large old paddle boat style cruiser out there that does dinner cruises near the dam. That would make sense based on the location.
From some of the video I have seen, the Branson Belle was at its mooring. The Duck that sank looks like it was within 100 yards or less of its ramp, making the loss even more senseless. Tragic day on the lake.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:32 PM
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We actually just rode the ducks along that route on July 6th. The windows were actually a clear plastic that rolled up. Where they were at was right next to the Branson Belle. I tend to agree that it’s crazy that they didn’t abandon ship. Especially since the use licensed captains to operate those once they are on the water and a commercial driver when they are on land. I would have thought they’d be prepared to handle an emergency situation.

Either way it’s very sad and my prayers go out to everyone involved for sure.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:21 AM
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Prayers for those families who lost loved ones, just very sad.
Had my family been on there, I would have life jackets on all and been heading overboard, looking for other floatation to take with us.
I noticed they passed an island, and not sure how far they were from shore but I would have steered that thing towards land ASAP, be it an island or shoreline and driven the bow as far on land as I could. Even behind the dinner ship where the video was shot would have been leeward and had to be safer until the storm blew over.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:53 AM
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:39 PM
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I just saw a name list from this tragedy. One family list 9 members, wow that floored me.
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