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11 people killed when duck boat capsizes near Branson, Missouri

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BRANSON NEWS: Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEAt least 11 people were killed, some of them children, when a tourist boat capsized and sank Thursday night during a thunderstorm on a Missouri lake.Six others remained missing after the duck boat was buffeted by powerful winds on Table Rock Lake near Branson, the Stone County Sheriff’s office said.Seven people were being treated at a hospital, one of them with severe but non-life-threatening injuries, he added.Severe thunderstorms generating winds up to 60 mph moved through the area at the time the Ride the Ducks boat encountered trouble around 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET), reported NBC affiliate KYTV of Springfield.”I believe it was caused by weather,” Sheriff Doug Rader said.The tragedy was witnessed by horrified onlookers who described waves of up to 6 feet high.Jennie Carr, who posted video on Facebook of the duck boat as it struggled in the surge, said she saw the vessel sinking into the waves, unable to move faster.She told “Today” that she was on a larger showboat, whose captain told the crew to prepare life vests for people as the duck boat sunk. Some of the crew jumped into the water to try and help rescue riders.”I went to the window, and I prayed and I cried,” said Carr, who had never seen such towering waves on the lake. “There was nothing you could do,” she added.Jul.20.201803:36The vessel was carrying 31 people, according to authorities.”It was sad to know that some of those people weren’t going to get to go home,” Carr said.Carr’s husband, Jeff, who was also on the showboat, said: “The waves were 6 feet tall, for a lake that’s pretty big.”In a statement Thursday, Suzanne …


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