Deadly Duck Boat accident: Two things experts want you to know

Updated: Jul. 23, 2018 at 8:12 PM EDT
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LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) - The skies opened over Lake Murray on Monday. That's something Flotilla Commander John Bradley warned boaters to be prepared for when you're out boating. 

"First thing, if the weather starts to change, if you don't already have it on, put your lifejacket on because you never know what's going to happen with the weather. Here in South Carolina, we know one minute it could be nice and sunny. The next, it's thunder, lightning, rain," Commander John Bradley said.

Survivors of the Duck Boat incident in Missouri said a storm that caused trouble for them last week before it capsized.

"When that water came over the boat, I didn't know what happened. I had my son next to me. But when the water filled up the boat, I could no longer see, I couldn't feel anybody. I just remember, 'I gotta get out. I gotta get out,'" survivor Tia Coleman told reporters.

Survivors also said crew had told them there would be no need for a lifejacket.

"I would not ever tell someone, 'Oh you don't have to wear your lifejacket,'" Bradley said.

He wants boaters to always wear a lifejacket. The Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends finding a place to tie-off and take shelter if you are stuck in a storm.

South Carolina law requires there be enough lifejackets onboard for each person to have one, and for children under 12 on a boat shorter than 16 feet to wear a lifejacket. The investigation into what went wrong in Missouri continues.

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