At least 8 dead after duck boat capsizes near Branson, Missouri

Jul 20, 2018, 17:59
At least 8 dead after duck boat capsizes near Branson, Missouri

He said four of those people have been transported to a hospital.

"Some people are already on land", another caller said later.

President Donald Trump is extending his "deepest sympathies" to those affected by a Missouri boat accident that has killed at least 13.

"Words can not convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking", the company said.

"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 . The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority.

"The issue of duck boat safety emerged in the Miss Majestic sinking in Arkansas in 1999 that drowned 11", said Mongeluzzi.

The Stone County Sheriff confirmed that at least eight people are dead after an amphibious boat attraction sank in Table Rock Lake Thursday with several people on board.

The boat is now located on the bottom of the lake, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said in a press conference Friday.

"There were actually two ducks, one of them made it out and the second one didn't". The camera turned away before the boat sank.

"They were coming back towards land", Mr Rader said.

"If there's kids on there, those poor babies", a female voice says. Divers are on the scene to search for remaining victims.

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

It is unclear if passengers were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident although there were life jackets aboard the boat.

Strong winds whipped waves head-on onto the boats.

Amphibious vehicles are popular with tourists but have been involved in a number of fatal accidents. The vehicles are based off a military design first used during World War II.

Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 7pm (12am BST) after thunderstorms rolled through the area.

There were numerous reports of damage throughout the county, including trees down and structural damage, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. Winds at the time were blowing as hard as 65 miles per hour (105 kph), according to the National Weather Service.

"I believe it was caused by weather, yes", said Rader, referring to the capsizing. This includes bringing in support from chaplains, the Red Cross as well as Mayor of Branson, Karen Best, Branson Fire Chief, Ted Martin, Branson Police Chief Jeff Matthews, Branson City Administrator, Stan Dobbins and Lt. George Knowles with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigators were expected to arrive on the scene Friday morning.