Amidst mourning and memorials this weekend for the 17 people who died Thursday when a duck boat sank at Table Rock Lake near Branson, the state’s top law enforcement official called for cooperation from the company that operated the boat and members of the public who witnessed the accident.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Saturday that he would “strongly encourage the owners of the duck boat to cooperate” with the investigation into the accident.
Ride the Ducks Branson, a tourism business owned by Ripley Entertainment, operated the duck boat that sank Thursday.
The company is working with the Coast Guard to coordinate recovery of the sunken boat, which is expected to be recovered Monday morning.
In Branson over the weekend, there were makeshift memorials to the victims and vigils to honor their memories. A variety of fundraising campaigns have emerged for victims and their families.
Meanwhile, as peak tourism season continues in Branson, visitors and proprietors of businesses in the Ozarks town try to come to grips with the tragedy.