Branson duck boat raised from the bottom of Table Rock Lake

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BRANSON NEWS: Buy PhotoThe duck boat that sank on Table Rock Lake has been hauled away on Monday, July 23, 2018.(Photo: Nathan Papes/News-Leader)Buy PhotoUpdate 1:45 p.m.: At about 1:30 p.m., the Duck boat was hauled away by a truck on a flatbed. The vehicle was escorted away from the Showboat Branson Belle by law enforcement.Officials have said the NTSB, which did not have a press conference scheduled Monday, will take custody of the Duck for the next several days for inspection and investigation.Update: The Duck boat returned to the surface at about 10:10 a.m. Two American flags were still attached near the bow, but the canopy top and the left/port side’s windows appeared to be detached.The boat drifted toward shore, allowing reporters to see that the windshield was open and that several life jackets dangled from the roof of the duck.Workers on the barge operated pumps to clear lake water from the duck.Enough water was pumped out to allow the Ride the Ducks logo to rise above the waterline. The crane’s strap appeared to be hoisting the boat behind its front axle and around its midsection. Three boats pushed the barge toward waiting officials on shore with the Duck still attached to the crane. By this point, fewer than 90 minutes had elapsed from the time the divers submerged. The operation had been projected to take five hours or longer. It’s up to the captain of the boat whether to instruct passengers to don personal floatation devices, said Capt. Scott Stoermer with the Coast Guard, responding to questions about the life jackets seen bobbing with the recently resurfaced Duck.Before the boat was surfaced, divers took photographs, Stoermer said. It was unclear when the photographs were take or how much the condition of …


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