Missouri duck boat accident: 9 of 17 victims from one family


Boston Duck Tours says it closely watches for extreme weather conditions when operating duck boats, after a tragic duck boat accident during a thunderstorm in Branson, Missouri killed 13 people on Thursday night.

In a short video taken by Malaske from a dock, the duck boat can be seen wallowing through the choppy, wind-whipped lake, with water only inches from its windows.

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".

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump extend their deepest sympathies to all those affected by yesterday's boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. A team sent out by the National Transportation Safety Board will visit the scene on Friday to assist.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.

Behr saw a woman lying in the water where he ran down to help, he said.

Thirteen people died in 1999 when the duck boat they were riding near Hot Springs, Arkansas, sank suddenly.

Duck boat tours, which can be found in cities from Washington to Seattle, have resulted in fatal accidents in the past, both in water and on land. But as she and Behr boarded the dinner boat cruise, "the wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere", she said. At least 39 people have died in duck boat accidents in the past 20 years.

Jason Pace says 14 others survived, but that seven were injured.

The country-and-western tourist town of Branson, Missouri, mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank in stormy weather in the deadliest such accident in nearly two decades.

Several people are dead after a tourist boat overturned and sank in a lake near Branson Missouri during a thunderstorm
'Ride the Ducks' boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake in Missouri

"They were coming back toward land".

Asked whether the passengers and two crew members had time to put on life jackets, Pattison said, "We don't know that yet". "There was actually two ducks - the first one made it out, the second one didn't". He says she was unconscious and that he was getting ready to start CPR when emergency responders arrived.

Duck vehicles are modeled on the landing craft used in the D-Day invasion and used on sightseeing tours around the world.

According to our partners at the Post - Dispatch, all missing people appeared to have been accounted for Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed the total number of fatalities just after 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Branson was under a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET), about half an hour before the boat capsized.

Divers quickly located the vessel, which came to rest on its wheels on the lakebed, and authorities planned to recover it later Friday.

The victims' names haven't been released, but Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office did confirm that nine of them part of a family of 11 who were on the tourist boat.

The Warmuths said they "continue to urge there be safety improvements in duck boat operations across the country and in Boston". Weather can change rapidly in this part of the country, moving from sunshine and calm to unsafe storms within minutes.

Table Rock Lake is a 67-square-mile reservoir containing water impounded by the Table Rock Dam on the White River.

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