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Sheriff: 13 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

Sheriff: 13 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

"This is a really tough situation and it's gut-wrenching", city spokeswoman Melody Pettit told a news conference outside Branson city hall. Authorities have not yet identified the victims.

"There were actually two ducks, one of them made it out and the second one didn't".

A year earlier, five students were killed and dozens injured when an amphibious vehicle collided with a bus in Seattle.

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone says in the background as the water crashes into the bobbing boats.

He added that the severe weather was a contributing factor in the accident.

"We have a clear line of sight to both across the water", Zerby said.

Ride the Ducks Branson said it was deeply saddened and that the business would be closed "while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community".

Rescue personnel work after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri.

The death toll from a capsized duck boat that sank Thursday night during a thunderstorm on a Missouri lake has jumped to 17, according to officials cited by NBC News.

"Our hearts are broken in hearing of the Branson, Missouri Duckboat tragedy", her parents, Martha and Ivan Warmuth, said in a statement Friday. "But today we are grieving and crying". The first boat capsized around 7 p.m.

"When we issue a warning, it means take action", meteorologist Kelsey Angle said.

Jim Pattison Jr., the president of Ripley Entertainment, which owns the duck boat company involved, told "CBS This Morning" the boat "shouldn't have been in the water". Central time. Seven others are in the hospital with various injuries, and all other passengers and crew are accounted for. The driver of the boat has been specified as one of the 17, though the captain is reportedly alive.

Duck Boat Capsizes
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Brayden Malaske, of Harrah, Oklahoma, was on vacation with family when he boarded a replica 19th-century paddle wheeler known as the Branson Belle on the same lake just before the storm hit.

Table Rock Lake is a reservoir measuring 67-square-miles with water from the Table Rock Dam on the White River.

"But it suddenly got very dark", he recalled.

Disturbing video shows the duck boat struggling against heavy winds when a thunderstorm ripped across Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

Strong waves capsized the boat during a severe storm.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told of how one of his deputies was on the boat at the time and had managed to help rescue some of the passengers. "He was at every event".

Five people aboard the boat were still unaccounted for as of late Thursday.

He confirmed there were children on the boat, but not whether any of them were among the deceased.

They were originally designed in 1942 and first used in World War II due to their ability to drive on land and sea. On the road, the vehicles ride high and take up a great deal of space, and it's hard for drivers to see what's around them.

It occurred amid thunderstorms, wind speeds as high as 63 miles per hour and rough waters.

"Debris was flying everywhere", Allison Lester said in an interview Friday. Pattison said he didn't know when the boat left the dock. EMTs arrived before he could administer CPR, he said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol plans to recover the boat, which is under 80 feet of water, later on Friday. He said there were life jackets in the boat, but it's not clear how safety equipment was used. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would dispatch "Go Team" investigators to the lake Friday morning to investigate.


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