Missouri duck boat capsizes killing at least 11 people

Several people died after the boat capsized

At least 11 people have died after a boat carrying tourists sank during stormy weather in the USA state of Missouri, according to local police.

A duck boat capsized and sank during a severe thunderstorm at Table Rock Lake near Branson, killing 17 people, some of them children, authorities said.

At about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, CoxHealth reported that Cox Medical Center Branson was treating eight patients, two of them in critical condition.

A tourist boat capsized on Table Lake in the USA state of Missouri.

A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Branson at 6:32 p.m. Thursday, about 40 minutes before the boat tipped over.

In the wake of this latest incident, attorney Robert Mongeluzzi's Philadelphia law firm, which represented previous victims and called duck boats "deathtraps", released a statement calling for a national ban of the vehicles.

Pace says divers indicated that the water visibility was better than normal, expediting the recovery of the victims' bodies.

"Ride the Ducks" is a tourist attraction association with Branson in Taney County, but the incident happened on the lake in Stone County.

Authorities say divers have found two more bodies after a duck boat carrying tourists capsized in southwest Missouri, bringing the death toll to 13.

"It's going to be all night", Rader said. "Our thoughts and prayers right now are with these family members", Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Friday morning, calling the accident a "tragedy".

Reports from FOX television affiliate KRBK-TV in Springfield, Missouri state that there were 31 people onboard the "Ride the Ducks" boat when it capsized.

The boat capsized on Thursday evening
GETTY TABLE ROCK LAKE The boat capsized on Thursday evening

Ride the Ducks provides tours of several USA cities with amphibious vehicles created to operate on both land and water.

Amphibious vehicles have been used in the tourist industry for roughly 50 years, after they were originally developed for transporting soldiers during World War II.

Over the past two decades, at least 36 people have died in Duck boat accidents.

Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson, said it recently acquired the vessel involved in the incident. "These are hard vehicles that require special operational care and attention to the safety of all whether on land or in water".

The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating, officials said.

After the 1999 incident, advocates pushed for safety improvements and even suggested banning the vehicles entirely, but accidents continued. Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking".

It continued, "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 winds were likely stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.

The company Ripley Entertainment owns the capsized boat.

In a Friday morning tweet, the president sends his: "deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the awful boat accident which just took place in Missouri".

Branson is about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City, and is considered a major family vacation destination.

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. And past year, Boston-one of the most prominent duck boat tour cities-began adopting new safety regulations in the wake of concerns from critics.

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