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Kansas Boating Accident #499320

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 18, 1978
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(Studio) Report on boating accident on Lake Pomona, Kansas, when tornado touched down at site of floating dinner theater.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Lake Pomona, Kansas) Details of tornado hit on dinner theater boat Whippoorwill and deaths and injuries resulting from it given. [Eyewitness MAN - describes quickness of incident.] [Eyewitness Pat SALCHOW - didn't feel many would be saved after seeing capsized boat.] [Survivor Bill SHELTON - thinks those who were killed were hit with flying objects during tornado.] Concerns of some that weather was bad on Saturday and there were many boats out anyway. [Whippoorwill owner Bill ROGERS - says it was no stormier than usual on Saturday night when they set sail, that there are always some clouds.] Whippoorwill's sailing after National Weather Service had issued severe thunderstorms watch and weather predictions incl. wind gusts reported; upcoming investigation noted.
REPORTER: Bob Kur (KTSB-TV newsfilm, Topeka)

(Studio) Update on death toll.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Savitch, Jessica

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