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At least 13 people dead after duck boat capsizes in American lake

At least 13 people dead after duck boat capsizes in American lake

Family members or others searching for victims are being directed to Branson City Hall. At least two were hospitalized in critical condition. Two more bodies were discovered later in the night before the final search on Friday. 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.

"Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!" someone repeatedly says in the video as massive waves hit the duck boats, at times almost burying them.

"It's been a long night, been a very trying night", Rader told reporters Friday morning.

Thank you for signing up for the 3 Things to Know Newsletter. He said the boat's captain survived but its driver did not. The ages of the those killed range from one to 70.

"It's important that we find out for sure what events did occur", Missouri Governor Michael Parson said at a Friday morning news conference.

It was found by police divers but authorities say it could take several days to pull it out of the water.

One survivor said, "If you had the cover off, everybody would have had a chance", the NTSB report says.

He asked that anyone who has video of the incident send it to his office to help with the investigation. Nine of the 17 victims are from the same family, a spokeswoman for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Jennie Carr witnessed the last moments of the tourist duck boat while on a lake cruise aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Passengers on a nearby boat described the chaos as the winds picked up and the water became rough.

"Debris was flying everywhere", Allison Lester said in an interview Friday. Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking". He says she was unconscious and that he was getting ready to start CPR when emergency responders arrived. The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm watch around midday Thursday, followed by a warning at 6:32 p.m., about 40 minutes before the boat tipped over.

Several people are dead after a tourist boat overturned and sank in a lake near Branson Missouri during a thunderstorm
'Ride the Ducks' boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake in Missouri

The boat capsized because of 60 miles per hour winds and 3 foot waves.

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy working security helped rescue people from the water. "My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the awful boat accident which just took place in Missouri".

Ride the Ducks Branson said in a statement released on its website it was deeply saddened and the business would be closed "while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community". The company has been in operation for 47 years without any incident such as this, he said.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.

Thirteen people were killed and four others are missing.

As they toured the dinner boat, the couple looked out the window and saw the duck boats struggling in the water.

Our girls enjoyed driving the boat and loved our captain.

Safety advocates have sought improvements since the Arkansas deaths.

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