Missouri duck boat accident leaves 17 dead, including children

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The post says, "EVERYONE is welcome!" Another two members of the same family survived when the boat capsized on Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson, the spokesperson said.

Branson is a popular tourist destination in southwest Missouri.

"Right now, it's a recovery effort", Parson said.

Missouri State Highway Patrol say four other people are still unaccounted for. Authorities initially said it would be raised Friday but Pace says it will take several days to get the equipment in place.

Among the rescuers was an off-duty sheriff's deputy on the Branson Belle who "jumped in and helped", Rader said. Two adults are in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.

Of the 17 who died, their ages range from one to 70 years old. He said there were life jackets in the boat, but it's not clear how safety equipment was used.

Brayden Malaske, of Harrah, Oklahoma, says no one was anxious about the weather when he boarded the Showboat Branson Belle with family shortly before the storm hit Thursday night.

At the time, he said, the lake seemed calm, and no one was anxious about the weather.

During the ride, the boat drives up the Ozarks to an outdoor museum of historical military vehicles.

At the time of the accident, winds reached around 65mph (104 km/h), according to the National Weather Service. Seven of the 14 survivors were hurt when the vessel went down.

Seventeen people are dead - including children - after Thursday's duck boat sinking in Missouri, Southern Stone County Fire Protection District spokesman Eric Nielsen rold CNN.

Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious
Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious “duck boat” capsized and sank

A Texas woman was struck and killed by a duck boat while crossing the street, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The boat had a captain and a driver with a commercial license, he said. 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.

"They were coming back toward land". Critics argued that part of the problem is that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

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

They were never designed for civilian use. "The wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere", she said. He says she was unconscious and that he was getting ready to start CPR when emergency responders arrived. "Our Certificates of Inspection (COI), issued the U.S. Coast Guard, state we may not operate if winds are over 25 knots or waves over one foot".

We continuously monitor the weather conditions from our three locations.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area at 6:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. EST), which was approximately 30 minutes before the boat capsized.

US President Donald Trump offered his "deepest sympathies" in a Friday morning tweet.

Divers 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.

A number of agencies and dive teams assisted in the rescue effort late into Thursday night. Smagala added this was the Branson tour's only accident in more than 40 years of operation.

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