At least 13 dead after tourist duck boat capsizes in Missouri lake

Tourist boat capsizes in Branson multiple passengers killed and others missing

The search continues for victims after a boat full of tourists capsized on Thursday evening

Nine of the 17 people who died when a tour boat sank in a Missouri lake were from the same family, according to the governor of Missouri.

The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, Missouri.

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".

Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking".

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Branson incident.

Branson is about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists.

Carr recorded some of the last moments of the struggling duck boat as she and other onlookers watched from nearby while on a dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.

"I don't have all the details, but to answer your question, no, it shouldn't have been in the water if, if what happened, happened", he said when asked why the tour continued in such rough conditions.

Melissa said she was sick to her stomach about the situation, knowing that numerous victims were doing just what her family was - trying to have fun on vacation.

Sheriff Rader said divers have located the sunken boat and will probably recover it later today. He said the boat's captain survived but its driver did not.

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"Partway through coming back is when ... the waves picked up and then obviously swamped the boat", he said Friday morning.

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. Two Hungarian students were killed when a duck boat collided with a tugboat in Philadelphia, five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus, and 13 people died in 1999 when a duck boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas. Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on the boat when it capsized. "She was unconscious. I was about ready to start CPR and the EMT did show up at that time".

Safety advocates have sought improvements since the Arkansas deaths.

They were originally designed in 1942 and first used in World War II due to their ability to drive on land and sea.

The office manager at the Stone County Sheriff's office, Wendy Doucey, confirmed the discovery Friday. It also recommended that if a boat has inadequate reserve buoyancy, passengers should be required to wear life jackets and the canopy should be removed.

Local news outlet KY3 released a video which showed several boats were on the water at the same time as the aforementioned tourist attraction.

The storm was part of the same upper-level weather system that spawned destructive tornadoes Thursday in Iowa, Missouri's northern neighbor. One counselor took a survivor with wet socks to the bathroom to help him dry them out, she said.

Table Rock Lake, east of Branson, was created in the late 1950s when the Corps of Army Engineers built a dam across the White River to provide hydroelectric power to the Ozarks.

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