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    Branson Disaster - 20 Jul, 2018

    Anybody else bothered by this disaster?  17 lives lost on a lake?  I think there are a lot of lessons for all of us.  First thing I look at is the weather.  This storm did not come out of nowhere.  Hazardous conditions were predicted.  Second, when it got rough, why wasn't everyone told to put on life jackets?  Then the boat.  The duck boat should have been made more suitable for carrying passengers on a regular basis.  Hell, it is not a landing craft anymore.  Most boats these days are virtually unsinkable.  The video shows the boat sank when it took on too much water (my interpretation).  This duck boat could have easily been modified to add flotation areas.  And bilge pumps are cheap.  I could go on.