The incident on Table Rock Lake which happened as thunderstorms rumbled through the US Midwest left another seven people hospitalized while at least five were still missing, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told journalists, saying some of the dead were children.
Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area this evening. "There were also intense winds with the heavy rain when it arrived which would have decreased visibility to very low values".
He noted winds may be even stronger over the lake, adding: "There's nothing to slow down winds in an open area".
First responders from multiple agencies responded to the incident, initially reported as a "mass casualty incident" involving a "tourist type boat" on Table Rock Lake near Branson. We'll have more information as it is available.
'Ride the Ducks' boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake in Missouri
Here are the videos obtained by The Kansas City Star- the following content may not be suitable for all viewers: It was not immediately clear whether the following video shows the duck boat that sank. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious craft at the time, Rader said. By 7:25 p.m. winds at the Branson airport were clocked at 63 miles per hour, Rothstein said. He said several patients had been sent to the hospital, with more passengers still missing.
Ride the Ducks, a firm in Branson, that operates the vehicles did not respond immediately when asked to comment.
The company admitted to failing to comply with U.S. vehicle manufacturing rules.
On Friday morning the operators' website was replaced by an image of a black ribbon, with a statement reading: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride The Ducks Branson". Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus, and 13 people died in 1999 when a duck boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas.