Woman Gives Survivors Flowers At Boat Memorial

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Survivors of the Missouri duck boat accident and many friends and family members have joined hundreds in the tourism community of Branson during a memorial service for the 17 who died.

The more than a dozen survivors walked into the Williams Chapel at College of the Ozarks on Sunday as organ music played.

A patrolman guarded their privacy, but he allowed a woman carrying roses to deliver them to loved one of an Indiana family that lost nine members during Thursday’s accident.

Carmen Lawson, a 61-year-old Branson resident, said she’d been on the lake that day but didn’t go on the boat. She called it “such a tragedy.”

A fire chaplain, Steve Martin, said that while most of the people who died were visitors, “they are not strangers to us.”