'Mass casualty incident' after Missouri tourist boat capsizes

'Mass casualty incident' after Missouri tourist boat capsizes

'Mass casualty incident' after Missouri tourist boat capsizes

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake.

On July 19, a tourist boat capsized on Table Rock Lake in Missouri killing at least 11 people by drowning.

Rader said a sheriff's deputy, who was working off-duty security at the Showboat Branson Belle, helped rescue some of the Duck passengers.

"There was some heavy wind".

However, the News-Leader quotes Capt. Jim Pulley, owner of a Sea Tow service on Table Lake, as saying the storm hit with 80 miles per hour winds that produced five-foot waves.

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., today.

Russ Mc Kay looked at a cross left in a makeshift memorial for his friends before a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Friday in Branson Mo on Friday

The sheriff department also added that the boat is still in the water and divers will remain on the scene throughout the night in hopes of finding survivors. It happened as a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. "We don't know how many yet".

Reports from FOX television affiliate KRBK-TV in Springfield, Missouri state that there were 31 people onboard the "Ride the Ducks" boat when it capsized. Two adults are in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said. He says recovery efforts are ongoing, with some passengers still unaccounted for.

Video footage shot by an eyewitness who was on shore showed strong waves tossing two duck boats side to side. Ride the Ducks is a national company that has multiple locations across the USA, including Guam.

According to the company's website, "Ride the Ducks" is a "70-minute guided amphibious tour that takes guests through the scenic Ozarks on both land and water".

On Friday morning the operators' website was replaced by an image of a black ribbon, with a statement reading: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride The Ducks Branson".

In 2015, one company pulled half of its fleet out of service after five college students in Seattle were killed in a duck boat collision with a bus.

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