Multiple Fatalities Reported on Table Rock Lake After Duck Boat Capsizes


At least eight people are dead after a duck boat capsized Thursday during severe weather at a lake in southern Missouri, the Associated Press is reporting.

The boat sank to the bottom of the lake and seven passengers were taken to hospital, the local sheriff Doug Rader said. He says recovery efforts are ongoing, with some passengers still unaccounted for.

Nine members of the Coleman family died in the boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson
Nine members of the Coleman family died in the boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson

A dive team is assisting.

There reportedly were 31 people on a "Ride the Ducks" boat, a vehicle that goes from land to water and is a popular attraction for tourists at Table Rock Lake.

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A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson, said the company is in contact with their employees at the scene, said. The National Weather Service tweeted that wind gusts of 63 miles per hour were reported around 7:30 Branson Airport. Firefighters ask you to stay away from State Park Marina, the Branson Belle, Boat Dock Road, Highway 176 in the block of 7600 Cougar Trail Road, and Orchard Lane.

"There's nothing to slow down winds in an open area", he said.

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Rader said the stormy weather was believed to be the cause of the capsizing.

The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. The winds were probably stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.

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The Stone Co. Fire Department issued a statement calling it a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved".