Excursion boat sinks on Table Rock Lake


Divers worked through the night on rescue operations, and rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing.

The victims' names haven't been released.

A man who witnessed a deadly Missouri duck boat accident while aboard a nearby riverboat says the storm that swamped the smaller vessel appeared suddenly.

The amphibious vehicle, which doubles as a boat, capsized in Table Rock Lake with more than 20 people on board, leading to a "mass casualty incident". Videos from the scene showed choppy, violent waves rolling through the water.

Meteorologist Jason Schaumann said that wind gusts up to 65mph were recorded around the time the boat capsized and that a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued earlier in the day.

By late Friday morning, authorities said that all of the missing victims had been recovered, bringing the death toll to 17.

Since 1999, 37 people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water across the United States and Canada.

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President Trump offered his "deepest sympathies" Friday to those involved in the tragic accident.

He adds: "Such a tragedy, such a great loss". The footage ends before the boat capsizes. Linderberg said winds were likely stronger over Table Rock Lake. "We do have some people still missing".

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone says in the background as the water crashes into the bobbing boats. Authorities said 17 people, including some children, were killed when the boat sank to the bottom of the lake, according to the Associated Press. Seven of the 14 survivors were hurt when the vessel went down.

Branson is about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City, and is considered a major family vacation destination. A dive team was assisting.

Officials did not comment on the identities or ages of the other people who drowned. "I believe it was caused by weather, yes". McClure said the company monitors regional and local radar hourly before tours. Team will travel Friday morning. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A sheriff in Missouri says a tourist boat has apparently capsized on a lake, leaving eight people dead and several others hospitalized.

At least six patients were treated at CoxHealth Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said.

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"It just came up real quick", he told AFP, saying the severe weather struck around 6:15 pm local time. Another duck boat on the lake was able to safely make it back to shore.

At the time of the accident, winds reached around 65mph (104 km/h), according to the National Weather Service. By 7:25 p.m. winds at the Branson airport were clocked at 63 miles per hour, Rothstein said.

Rader also said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security at the Showboat Branson Belle showboat helped rescue some of the passengers.

The company Ripley Entertainment owns the capsized boat, having added Branson's "Ride the Ducks" attraction to its roster a year ago.

In 2015, five college students were killed and 69 others were injured when a duck boat hit a bus in Seattle, Washington.

Investigators said the duck boat sank into the lake where it remained Friday afternoon.

Duck boats are also hard to regulate on a national level because cities and states have varying safety requirements.

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Duck boats are designed around boats used in World War Two to carry soldiers and supplies across water and land.