Eight people dead after Missouri boat sinks on U.S. lake

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2018

A local sheriff has confirmed eight people were killed in Stone County, Missouri, after an amphibious boat capsized.

Seven people are being treated in hospital and search operations are still underway to locate the remaining individuals.

Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 miles per hour was measured at the Branson Airport near 7 p.m. Thursday.

Captain Jim Pulley, owner of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake, said the boat capsized a short distance behind the Showboat Branson Belle, a riverboat for entertainment and dining attached to the dock.

An amphibious vehicle operated by "Ride the Ducks" capsized and sank while it was carrying at least 31 people, including children.

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Investigators say the boat ended up sinking in the lake. A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived there shortly after the incident. Divers were searching for missing passengers and the sheriff said that would continue overnight.

In a telephone interview with witness Mandi Rogers, she said the boat is a tourist attraction in the area.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

The winds were likely to have been stronger over the lake, Mr Linderberg said. It's being classified as a "Level two" mass casualty incident.

Duck boats were originally used by the US military in World War II to transport troops and supplies, and later were modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.

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