Here are the 17 victims of the Branson duck boat tragedy

Duck boat problems

Duck boat problems

The investigation into the sinking of a duck boat that killed 17 people in Missouri -- including nine from one family - could take up to a year to complete, the National Transportation Safety Board said. An initial assessment blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength, but it wasn't clear why the amphibious vehicle even ventured out into the water.

"Usually the lake is very placid, and it's not a long tour".

Pattison told CBS This Morning on Friday that the storm "came out of basically nowhere" and that the lake is typically calm. "I do feel sad and I can feel for the loss of the families, knowing that they are now without their loved ones while they are here", said Wade.

"Ride the Ducks" is a seasonal tour through the area's famed Ozarks region.

Branson is about 320 km southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.

Video posted by Jennie Phillips-Hudson Carr, which she recorded from a larger vessel nearby, showed two duck boats rocking and tilting to the side as the lake's ripples turned into massive waves. The other eight family members who died in the tragedy are: Angela Coleman, 45; Arya Coleman, 1; Belinda Coleman, 69; Ervin Coleman, 76; Evan Coleman, 7; Glenn Coleman, 40; Horace Coleman, 70; and Maxwell Coleman, 2.

Paul Lemus says he thought it would be fun to take his wife and their five kids on a duck boat ride.

The Warmuths said they "continue to urge there be safety improvements in duck boat operations across the country and in Boston".

"These people showed an incredible strength maybe that we don't always give them credit for", Cox said by telephone.

He said weather was believed to have caused the boat to capsize.

The sheriff said life jackets were on board the boat but it's unclear if anyone was wearing them.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area on Thursday, saying conditions were ripe for 70mph winds.

"They are unsafe on land and on water".

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader previously confirmed that the captain was among those who survived the capsizing.

The NTSB, Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies are investigating. They found that canopy on the duck boat (in the Arkansas case) made it harder for people to get out of the sinking boat.

"The incident is now under investigation, so it would not be prudent for us to comment or speculate as to what may have caused the incident, but extreme weather seems to have been a major factor", Bob Schwartz, the director of marketing and sales for Boston Duck Tours, said in a statement Friday.

That includes a 1999 tragedy in Arkansas when the "Miss Majestic" duck boat rapidly sank into Lake Hamilton, killing 13 of its 21 passengers.

The incident in Missouri was part of a storm system that struck much of the Midwest late Thursday, according to meteorologists.

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