Officials near Branson, MO have confirmed that a least 11 people were killed on Thursday and five are still missing. A tourist boat capsized at Table Rock Lack in souther Missouri.
There were multiple agencies, including divers, at the scene, working what they called a “mass casualty incident.” At least seven other people were injured and are being treated at local hospitals. Divers are still searching for more possible victims.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson. This incident has deeply affected all of us. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priories. We will provide updates as we have addition, confirmed information to share,” a spokesperson for Ride The Ducks Branson said in a statement.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed 31 people were on a Ride the Ducks boat, including children, when it capsized around 7 p.m. Thursday near the Branson Belle dock. The names of those who died have not been released.
Officials ask that family members do not go to the dock where the crash happen. Instead they ask that they go to the support center at Branson City Hall.
The capsizing happened as a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. Local weather stations reported wind gusts at more than 60 mph at the time of the incident. Two boats struggled to get to dry land and one capsized.
Below is a gut wrenching video of the boat frantically trying to make it to dry land.
This is a clips from a news report of the tragic event.
Our thoughts and prayers at America Herald go out to the families of those lost in this terrible tragedy.