A year after tragedy, Branson still debating duck boats

National News

July 18, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The buck boat is hauled out of the water on Monday, July 23, 2018, at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic of debate.

Former Branson Mayor Karen Best had to inform the 17 victims’ families that they had died when the boat sank during a storm on July 19, 2018, on Table Rock Lake. She said she will never forget the cries and screaming of the families and survivors.

“I don’t know that they need to come back to this community,” Best said about the duck boats.

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