At least eight people died Thursday in a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Some sources indicated eleven dead). The accident occurred Thursday night.
There were 31 people on the “Ride the Ducks” amphibian vessel, including children, when it capsized, and a severe thunderstorm in the area. Some people were injured. At least six patients were treated at CoxHealth Medical Center. There are yet missing persons. Emergency crews are on the scene. A dive team was assisting the rescue operation. DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. Investigators say the boat ended up sinking in the lake and remains in the water.
Rescue search on Table Rock Lake
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. Other boats on the lake that returned to dock safely. Branson officials opened an emergency shelter inside city hall for the victims. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport. The amphibian vessel “Ride the Ducks” boat was a popular attraction for tourists at Table Rock Lake, part of the 'Ride the Ducks' sightseeing attraction which allows passengers to travel on both land and water.