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TAPS, you are extremely well traveled by all kinds of boats, dear lady...

It's such a tragedy, and one that may have very well been prevented. What ever where they thinking, taking a boat like that out? So sad.

posted by RPresta on July 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM | link to this | reply

Re: GoldenMean

It definitely has been quite some time ago since I am 80 now and we did all that stuff in my 30's and 40's.  But I remember it like it was yesterday.  The first time was the Yampa River of Colorado and I was hooked.  After that we were always looking for something more daring.

posted by TAPS. on July 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM | link to this | reply

When did you take a rubber raft down rapids?  That would be a good story to tell us!  I did that once myself, with father and brother, and it was completey awesome.

posted by GoldenMean on July 24, 2018 at 4:20 AM | link to this | reply

TAPS

I agree that duck boats are marginal watercraft, indeed.  But this tragedy was caused mostly by arrogant human error, greed, denial, and lack of proper precaution.  First, they should have cancelled the duck boat rides because of the weather (but that would cost them money).  Second, since they did go out, they should have had everyone put on life jackets (but that would scare people and make the operators look bad).   I expect that this duck boat company will go bankrupt from lawsuits, and should be charged with gross negligence.  Their little business venture is over.  I am praying that they truly learn from their fatal errors, and I pray for the innocent victims and their families.

posted by GoldenMean on July 24, 2018 at 4:16 AM | link to this | reply

It was a sad mind boggling incident love.

posted by BC-A on July 23, 2018 at 5:27 PM | link to this | reply

I went on one 10 years ago in Baltimore. I had a lot of fun on it...So sad for those people.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on July 23, 2018 at 11:39 AM | link to this | reply

It's tragic to even think of losing a family. I hope the survivors find

comfort and manage to go on with their lives. I believe those who were lost would want the others to be okay eventually. 

posted by Pat_B on July 23, 2018 at 10:26 AM | link to this | reply

To me it is unbeleievable that there were life vests there but no one was even encourage dto us them and anyone trying to move towards getting on it would appear, was told not to move. terrible tragedy.

posted by Kabu on July 23, 2018 at 10:11 AM | link to this | reply

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