NTSB looks at weather reports given to boat crew

People look at a memorial in front of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says inspectors will try to learn how information about a severe thunderstorm was conveyed to the crew of a tourist boat that capsized and killed 17 people on a Missouri lake.

NTSB member Earl Weener and a representative of the U.S. Coast Guard spoke with reporters in Branson on Saturday. The agencies are piecing together how the duck boat sank Thursday during a storm on a local lake.

Weener said weather information provided to investigators showed winds were 2 mph short of hurricane force at the time. He says investigators hope a video recorder recovered from the boat will show what happened.

Coast Guard Capt. Scott Stoemer says the investigation will include determining if operators followed all safety regulations. An incident report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says none of the 31 people on board was wearing a life jacket.

Stoemer says investigators hope to raise the sunken boat early next week.

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