Yeah, I’m a little late, having just found this forum. But, I’ve been engaged on the Ducks accident on a Branson forum.
We live on Table Rock Lake about ten miles west of where the Ducks use Table Rock Lake. I am friends with the people who own and operate State Park Marina, who assisted with the rescue. I boat on Table Rock Lake, with our boat stored on a lift in a dock at our residence. I also boat in SW FL, where we are on a canal connected to a creek connected to a bay connected to the Gulf. I am a notorious weather radar watcher. I work at a golf course, and weather radar is a constant thing with me.
That’s my credentials.
On the day in question, I was home and watching weather radar most of the day. As the front approached, I was watching weather radar, constantly updating it. The leading edge, which was well out in front of the precipitation, was clearly visible, as are outflow boundaries. So, I saw it coming on radar for a long enough time to know it was coming.
We have had a number of wind episodes lately, and, in fact, I had had the lakeside cables (both broken by wind) replaced on July 3, and on July 5 one of the bankside cables of the parallel dock next to it was broken by wind, and that dock swung into to other dock. I don’t know how these wind events affected the Ducks operation, but when the wind/leading edge in question hit, it hit like nothing that has been experience here. I thought our house and all the trees were going to be flattened.
My personal, unimportant opinion: We have had so many recent wind events that did not amount to what this one did, and given my knowledge of where the Ducks enter Table Rock Lake and there unimpeded line of sight of the approaching storm, that I believe they would have been lulled into a lack of concern about it.
It was still a mistake, and one they will be accountable for.
I don’t know how much y’all here have been following, because I did not read everything, but the vessel in question was in violation of it’s last inspection because it was forbidden from being on the lake in thoise conditions, and that is a crime, and when more than 6 lives are lost in a marine accident, that is a major event, so this has become very serious.
I will also add that this past week I was watching a tornado event on local TV, and they were using the same NWS weather radar I use, and it was obvious that there was a significant delay in that radar because reports from the ground were well out ahead of the radar, and the meteorologist commented on it.