At least 11 people dead, including children, after duck boat incident in Missouri
Tragedy struck 31 people, who were traveling on a duck boat on a lake in Missouri. Their boat rocked, capsized, and sank during a severe thunderstorm.
According to CNN, 11 of those people have died. It’s believed that 6 people are still missing and diving teams have been looking for them.
Part of the11 people who were killed when a duck boat capsized in Missouri were children. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said 31 people were aboard the boat on Thursday night.
They were on Table Rock Lake near Branson. So far, 14 people are said to have survived while 6 are missing and unaccounted for.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Viewer captures trouble for 2 Ride the Ducks moments before sinking of one boat: https://t.co/kukkIEGybI— KY3 News (@kytv) July 20, 2018
Carr shot the footage from a nearby larger vessel. "Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone could be heard saying in the background as the water crashed into the bopping boats.
"I believe it was caused by weather, yes."
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader, CNN, July 20, 2018
A female voice says, "If there's kids on there, those poor babies.” Diving teams from various agencies searched the waters for potential victims and resumed again on Friday morning.
A Stone County Sheriff's Deputy who was off-duty; was on the boat at the time and jumped into the water to rescue people. The staff of another tourist boat also lent a hand.
DEADLY DUCK BOAT ACCIDENT: At least 11 dead, seven injured in Missouri duck boat accident. @TomLlamasABC has the story; @RobinRoberts talks to two bystanders who did all they could to help the capsized boat and its passengers: https://t.co/vElFn4T1gK pic.twitter.com/rG59OpTtGE— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 20, 2018
It’s been reported that there were life jackets aboard the boat, but it isn’t known whether people were wearing them. Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson, said it had recently acquired the vessel involved in the incident.
The company said other boats on the lake returned to dock safely. Rader confirmed that there were two duck boats headed toward land, but only one made it out safely.
It’s awful. I’ve had an issue with ride the ducks for a while but seeing that just made me sick. And knowing people died (including children) just makes it worse— ⭐️amandaⓂ️ (@ajtdenney) July 20, 2018
So hard to watch! My prayers go out to the families! 😢— Jayhawk4Life (@CrimsonandBlue0) July 20, 2018
Duck boats travel on both land and water and are popular among tourists in major cities. United States National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 101 kilometers per hour was measured at a nearby airport at around the same time.
Duck amphibious vehicles have been involved in a number of fatal accidents in the past two decades. In 2016, the company that builds the boats, Ride the Ducks International, agreed to pay a $1.35 million fine after one of the vehicles collided with a bus in Seattle.
BREAKING: Sheriff's office says 6 people remain missing after a duck boat sank in a southwest Missouri lake; 11 confirmed dead. https://t.co/FEmLRZAMAK— The Associated Press (@AP) July 20, 2018
At the time, 5 international students were killed. The company admitted to failing to comply with US vehicle manufacturing rules.