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Preliminary report released on fatal duck boat accident

BRANSON, Mo. – The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Tuesday on the Table Rock Lake duck boat accident that claimed the lives of 17 people, including a family of nine.

The report states the Stretch Duck 7 sank in Table Rock Lake at exactly 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. The boat sank in 15 feet of water and came to rest at the lake floor at a depth of 70 feet.

NTSB officials that are reviewing the case said divers recovered the boat’s video recording system and investigators were working to access the data on the system’s hard drive. The duck boat was salvaged on July 23.

Investigators were also reviewing cellphone and surveillance video from the boat.

The NTSB interviewed 33 witnesses, vessel operators, inspectors, and company officials at the scene of the accident. The NTSB will also participate in the upcoming Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation.

View the entire report here: