Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Eight fatalities after duck boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake

Eight fatalities after duck boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake

'Seven patients [are in] the hospital and we do have some people still missing.

Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. Divers are on the scene searching for more possible victims.

Investigators say the boat ended up sinking in the lake.

Courtesy Trent BehrA video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson Mo
Courtesy Trent BehrA video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson Mo

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said there were fatalities when the boat carrying 31 people, some of them children, capsized and sank, television station KY3 News reported. A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived there shortly after the incident.

A dive team is now assisting with the rescue operation. Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour.

"It will be a challenging night", Rader told reporters gathered at the lake, according to NBC.

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He noted the weather conditions are believed to have caused the boat to capsize. He said the winds were likely stronger over the lake.

Winds of up to 60mph were generated by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled over the area. Fire Protection District reported a boat dock emergency near Branson Belle Dock just after 7:00 this evening.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson addressed the incident on Twitter late Thursday, offering his "prayers for all those involved".

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We're working to gather more information.

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