Responding agencies after an amphibious duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. Photo: EPA
Eleven people have died after an amphibious vehicle with more than 30 people on board capsized on a lake in Missouri.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake. He said weather was believed to have caused the boat to capsize. High winds had hit the area, according to weather reports.
Rader said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security helped rescue people and that recovery efforts were ongoing, with some passengers still to be accounted for. A dive team was assisting.
“It’s going to be a challenging night and tomorrow,” the sheriff said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63mph was measured around 7pm on Thursday at Branson Airport. The winds were probably stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.
“There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said.
Southern Stone County Fire Protection District described the situation on Table Rock Lake as a “mass casualty incident” and said multiple crews were on the scene.
Injured people were taken to hospital after the “Ride the Ducks” amphibious vehicle capsized on the lake near Branson, Missouri, the district said on Twitter.