'Duck Boat' Capsizes in Missouri; 8 Are Dead

Several more injured at Table Rock Lake near Branson
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2018 10:47 PM CDT
8 Dead When Duck Boat Capsizes in Missouri
Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018.   (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

A summer tragedy near Branson, Missouri: Police say at least eight people are dead and several more injured or missing after a "duck boat" capsized in Table Rock Lake. Authorities suspect a fast-developing storm with winds of about 60mph is to blame, reports the Kansas City Star. The victims were among 31 people who were on the popular "Ride the Ducks" amphibious vehicle. In addition to the eight fatalities—no ages or identities were immediately available—at least seven people were hospitalized.

"We do have some people missing," said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader, per Reuters. A call went out from Taney County Public Safety dispatch at 7:16pm for a water rescue. "We have approximately 30 individuals in the water," said the caller, per the Star. Minutes later, someone added: "It's pretty intense here. I've got probably 55mph winds here at the shop and very heavy rain." (In 2016, a woman in Boston was killed when her scooter collided with a duck tours vehicle on the road; and in 2015, four international students were killed when another duck tours vehicle collided with a bus in Seattle.)

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