Tourist boat sinks in Table Rock Lake; at least 11 dead

July 20, 2018 - 6:49 am

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Six people remained missing Friday morning after a duck boat carrying tourists capsized and sank on a lake in southwest Missouri.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Lindenberg says the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area Thursday evening. He says winds reached speeds of more than 60 mph.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office updated the number of missing after the accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening from five in a post on Facebook early Friday. The office says 11 people are confirmed dead and 14 survived.

Tragedy here in Missouri this evening. Heavy hearts for the families of those who have died and are hurt. And as always sincere thanks to the first responders.

— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 20, 2018

Very sad to hear about this horrible accident - prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting.

— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 20, 2018
Seven people were hospitalized after the boat capsized and two are in critical condition.

Divers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol planned to resume searching for the missing Friday.

A duck boat is a repurposed amphibious vehicle from the World War II era. They are a popular tourist attraction at the lake. 

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