Multiple people killed after tour boat capsizes in Missouri

Nine people in one family were among the 17 killed when a tourist duck boat capsized in a Missouri lake Thursday night, the governor's office said.

Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones says that another two members of the same family survived when the boat capsized on Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson.

Video posted by Jennie Phillips-Hudson Carr, which she recorded from the Branson Belle, showed at least three vessels on the lake at the time, including two duck boats rocking and tilting to the side as ripples turned into massive waves.

Boston Duck Tours is reminding customers of the company's safety precautions following the tragic duck boat accident Thursday in Missouri.

Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking". A team sent out by the National Transportation Safety Board will visit the scene on Friday to assist.

Branson is about 200 miles southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists.

Behr saw a woman lying in the water where he ran down to help, he said. In what was previously the deadliest incident, 13 people died in 1999 after a duck boat suddenly started taking on water while on a tour of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., according to the Associated Press.

"I don't have all the details, but to answer your question, no, it shouldn't have been in the water if, if what happened, happened", Mr Pattison said.

The crew on the first boat was able to pull two people from the waves, Cox said: "It was all hands on deck, we did everything we could".

Sheriff Rader said one of his deputies was working as security on the nearby Branson Belle boat and had helped to rescue some of the passengers. The driver of the duck boat said he lost control of the vehicle before it veered into oncoming traffic on the Aurora Bridge, according to the NTSB report.


The operators of Maine Duck Tours say they are reviewing all safety and weather policies following a duck boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people.

The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles, which operate on land as well as water, collided with a bus in Seattle, killing five international students.

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

"Duck boats are death traps", said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose Philadelphia law firm handled litigation related to two fatal duck boat accidents there.

Meteorologist Jason Schaumann said gusts up to 65mph were recorded around the time the boat capsized and that a severe thunder warning had been issued.

Asked whether the passengers and two crew members had time to put on life jackets, Pattison said, "We don't know that yet".

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Thursday that stormy weather likely made the boat sank. Critics argued that part of the problem is that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

The boat sank in 40 feet (12 meters) of water and then rolled on its wheels into a deeper area with 80 feet (25 meters) of water.

The names of the dead were not immediately released.

Table Rock Lake is a 67-square-mile reservoir containing water impounded by the Table Rock Dam on the White River.

  • Tracy Klein