Transcript for Survivor of duck boat accident shares final moments before vessel capsized
Thanks for joining us on this turday.I’m Tom llas. And we begin with the break news about the horror on Missouri lake. The sb now saying that ship facear-hurrica-f gusts. The bought in THA dangerous storm. Wave after waving the vessel. Ateast 17 people killed. What we’ow learn about the chaot and heartbreaking final mometonight th bedside iniew om inside the Hoit mother who somehow survi shg the devastating memory of losing esselly her entiy and the shock is she said they were given about the L vests onboard. C’s Victor Oquendo in Branson starting us off. Reporter: Tht, haunti of mu of her family and how she struled to survive. Couldn’t E anybody. I couldn’t hear anything. I ul screams. Ius — I felt like I W out ther her own. Reporter: Tia Coleman speakingrom her hoital bed. S on an annualation with ten other family M when struck. I , lord, just let die. I can’t keep drownin I just can’t keep drng. I fell I D tht let go. Reporter: Coleman says when the waters on that Missouri lake became choppy, people grew nervous. Ve stated getting like, he T a little much. Eporter: The duck tour boat tossed around by strong winds used by a Vere thundorm. Finally capsizing and sinking. The last thing I heard my sister in law yell, grab the baby. Reporter: Coleman losr husband and three children. The youngest, just a year old. Her 13-year-old nephew Donovan, ele Oard to survive.her family, 9 of the 17 killed that D. I said, Jesus, please keep me so I can get to my chin. Keep me, lord. And I was swimming – I was Imming as fa could and I couldn’t — I could not reach the life jackets. Reporr: Coleman claims her boat had ljackets bunobody grabem. They showed us where they were. Th said don’t worry about it you won’t need it. Repr: Something the NTSB and the coast guard may hone I during the investigation. The real oective I to find out what kind of iormation they had when they made the decision. Reporter: We’ told — weout to table, th duck boatomes down that road right there. E ride is ally short. It goes ound this way. Around duck island right there, andheit’s rightack to shore. At 6:30 P.M. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the , G table lake. 30 mines later, that storm turning deadly for passengers on that. We ghered Ima about the weather conditions the time.we’ve got recordings of 53 — I’m 73 miles per ur. Put that in ex hurricane-force winds are uasidered star a. Reporter: Gh of tia’selatives dperate now why dithe boat gout. Tia, the thought of going home is ovelming. Ce I’ve had a home it’s always bn filled. It’s always been filled with little feeand laughter and my husband. I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Tom, both NTSB and the cost grd wilbeocusing on those life ckets. Theyl also be looking at several factorik the weather, and intervieng er survived. They won’t B ao get a closer look a thaoat uil it’s pulled from the botm of this lake on Monday. Victor, thank you. Now to severe weat sweeping across the country. More than 40 mil in the storm zone tonight.
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