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Death toll: The duck boat in trouble at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

A huge wave hit, scattering passengers on the vessel known as a duck boat into Table Rock Lake near Branson, Coleman said.

If you'd like to help the victims of the duck boat tragedy in Branson, Missouri, there are several different fundraising campaigns now accepting cash donations.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, which occurred when the Ride the Ducks boat encountered trouble amid thunderstorms at around 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) Thursday. It is unknown when they will reopen. "'... If they don't make it, Lord, take me too".

"I think safety measures need to be taken", Naragon said.

Tia Colemans husband and all of her three children died.

FILE PHOTO: A duck boat is seen at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, U.S., July 19, 2018 in this picture grab obtained from social media video.

Mandi Keller says her family's survival is a "complete miracle".

- A candlelight vigil was held Friday night in Branson, Missouri for the people who lost their lives when a duck boat sank during a storm. Mourners lit candles around cars left on the parking lot overnight - believed to belong to the victims. Investigators had no information about whether passengers were wearing life jackets or whether they were stowed aboard, the sheriff said.

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Coleman eventually managed to swim to shore, and her nephew also survived the accident.

Ripley Entertainment, which purchased the Branson Ride the Duck boats a year ago says if there were storm warning, the boat should not have been on the water.

Sixteen passengers and one crew member died in the accident.

Coleman described her own harrowing near-drowning as she escaped the vessel after it sank in rough water whipped up by a fast-moving thunderstorm.

"I said, Lord, let me die". One boats made it to safety, but the other capsized and sank. Clifford also called for greater regulation of duck boats.

Coleman said the boat's captain, who was among the survivors, pointed out the life jackets but told those aboard there was no need for them. "I was floating up to the top, I felt the water temperature raise to warm, and as I felt the water temperature raise I jumped up and I saw the big boat that sits out there".

Paul said the duck boats he inspected - which the company had just purchased or repaired - vented exhaust from the motor out front and below the water line. She said the park usually alerts staff when a storm is approaching. Nine were from IN, all from the Coleman family: Angela, 45; Belinda, 69; Ervin, 76; Glenn, 40; Horace, 70; Reece, 9; Eva, 7; Maxwell, 2; and Arya, 1.

Pattison said the duck boat had life jackets onboard but Missouri law doesn't require people to wear them.

In an interview with ABC News reporter Bill Hutchinson, he said that the Ride the Ducks boats should not have been on that water at all that day due to the ominous weather reports.

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