Mass casualty incident reported after boat capsized at Missouri lake

Frederick Owens
July 20, 2018

STONE COUNTY, Mo- Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader has released a press release that gives a timeline of their response to the sinking of the "Ride the Ducks" boat.

Among the deceased, at least one was a child, authorities said. Police say the search for survivors is not over. They will resume searching early Friday for about five people still missing, the sheriff said later in a news conference.

"It's going to be all night", Radar said. After that incident, the National Transportation Safety Board said the roof canopy of the boat was to blame, after finding four of the victims pinned against the roof at the bottom of the lake.

The Stone County Sheriff confirmed fatalities involving a duck boat capsizing. Central after a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area.

Rader would not comment on the ages of the victims, but Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they range from the very young to the elderly. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour.

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The sinking of vehicle, inspired by the amphibious landing craft used during D-Day in World War Two, marked one of the deadliest incidents at a US tourist destination in recent history.

The video ends abruptly with the boats still struggling to overcome the waves.

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"Oh my gosh, oh no", a woman is heard saying in the background of the video.

One of the boats made it safely to shore, according to Rader. Footage from Paul Lemus and published by local news outlets shows a number of adults and children inside the boat. Boaters and staff from the nearby Branson Belle rescued several.

The boat flipped over during a series of thunderstorms that tore through the area at around 8 p.m., according to KY3-TV.

The tourist boat capsized at close to 7 p.m. near the Branson Belle dock, the report noted.

"Will be a duck that has capsized. We have approximately 30 individuals in the water". Within just a few minutes of the tour, the stern (the back of the ship) began to rapidly sink in 60 feet of water.

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

The incident happened near where the vehicles enter and exit the water.

"We have injuries, a possible CPR in progress". He said he was about to start CPR when an EMT arrived and took over. "We definitely need an ambulance there".

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