Casualties confirmed after tourist boat sinks on Table Rock Lake

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center in Branson, Brandei Clifton, said that four adults and three children had arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident.

Seven people have been hospitalized, he said, and a local hospital said two were in critical condition. The police department partners with the Branson Belle, located on Table Rock Lake, to help with security, an officer told to Fox News on Friday.

Video Screenshot Ride the Ducks released a statement regarding the incident that left 13 people dead and several still missing.

Meteorologist Jason Schaumann says some of the storms are expected to churn up large hail and damaging straight line winds when they hit Friday afternoon in the Branson area where the Ride the Ducks boat sank. "It's going to be a challenging night and tomorrow". Life jackets were available inside the boat, but authorities can't say whether passengers were wearing them. Rader said crews would stay on the scene all night.

"Very sad to hear about this disgusting accident - prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting", Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter .

Four more bodies have been found after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized at a lake in Missouri, taking the number of dead to 17.

Duck amphibious vehicles are used on tourist sightseeing tours around the world and have been involved in a number fatal accidents in the past two decades.

The boats were originally used by the military during World War II to transport troops and supplies through land and water.

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The boat was carrying 29 passengers and two crew members on a pleasure cruise, and authorities said everyone aboard had been accounted for. Two boats had been on the water, according to Rader, one of which returned safely. Add Duck Boat Accident as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Duck Boat Accident news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"Partway through coming back is when ... the waves picked up and then obviously swamped the boat", he said Friday morning.

The National Transportation Safety Board was to send a team early Friday to investigate the incident, the agency said.

Safety advocates have sought improvements since the Arkansas deaths.

Among the rescuers was an off-duty sheriff's deputy on the Branson Belle who "jumped in and helped", Rader said. Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking".

In 2015, a Ride the Ducks boat crashed into a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, and five college students were killed.

Branson Mayor Karen Best said the town has come together to support the victims and their loved ones during this time - from providing tissues for tears to getting dry clothes for those who were in the water. "We're very resilient." Severe evening thunderstorms, including winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, struck the area at the time of the deadly crash. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue.

Branson, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, is a country-themed tourist mecca built on a reputation for patriotic and religious-themed shows in numerous theaters.

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