Videos show tourist boats struggling against waves on Missouri lake where 17 people died in capsizing

Facebook/KOLRWitnesses captured video footage of two Ride the Ducks boats facing stormy weather in Missouri.
  • Seventeen people, including children, are dead after a tourist “duck boat” capsized during storms at Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
  • The National Weather Service reportedly issued a severe-thunderstorm warning in the area as wind speeds surpassed 60 mph.
  • Video footage obtained by The Kansas City Star shows the adverse weather conditions at the scene.

Video footage shows the dangerous conditions on the Missouri lake where a tourist “duck boat” capsized in rough waves on Thursday evening.

The bodies of the last four people who were missing were recovered Friday morning, according to NBC News, bringing the final death toll to 17, including children, after the Ride the Ducks boat sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

Of 14 people who survived the accident, seven were injured, according to the Associated Press.

Footage recorded at Table Rock Lake shows small duck boats, which can traverse both water and land, struggling against large waves and heavy winds around the time of the disaster.

At least one of the boats made it back safely to shore. It is unclear whether any of the footage shows the craft that later sank.

Here are the videos obtained by The Kansas City Starthe following content may not be suitable for all viewers:

It was not immediately clear whether the following video shows the duck boat that sank.

Patrol divers found two bodies earlier Friday, raising the initial death toll of 11 to 13, authorities said.

Four adults, including two in critical condition, and three children were taken to Cox Medical Center Branson shortly after the incident.

Winds in Branson reached more than 60 mph on Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a severe-thunderstorm warning for the area, the NWS meteorologist Steve Lindenberg told the Associated Press.

“It’s a warning telling people to take shelter,” he said.

The incident marks the first time in more than 40 years that a Ride The Ducks boat in Branson was involved in an accident, a company representative said.

“Very sad to hear about this horrible accident – prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting,” Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri said on Twitter.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

Duck boats were originally used by the military during World War II. Several fatal accidents have occurred since they were repurposed as tourist vehicles – including one in 2015 in which five students were killed when one collided with a bus in Seattle.

Another accident in 1999, in which a duck boat sank in Arkansas, killed 13 people.

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