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BRANSON NEWS: Seventeen people were killed Thursday night when a tourist boat capsized in a southern Missouri lake as powerful thunderstorms passed through the Midwest, the authorities said on Friday.The amphibious boat, or duck boat, overturned in Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo., around 7 p.m. as winds exceeded 60 miles per hour. Cellphone video from a witness showed the boat taking on water and struggling to move as it was being pummeled with powerful waves before it sank.The boat had 31 people on board when it sank to the bottom of the lake, all of whom are now accounted for, the authorities said. Seven people, including three children, were taken to a hospital, Cox Medical Center Branson, and two of them, both adults, were in critical condition, the hospital said on Friday.Divers recovered the final six bodies on Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17 and making it one of the deadliest duck boat accidents in United States history. Thirteen people were killed when a duck boat sank in Hot Springs, Ark., in May 1999.Some of the dead were children. A sheriff’s deputy was on the scene when the accident happened and assisted in the rescue, Sheriff Doug Rader said. Divers searched for survivors until 11:30 p.m. and returned to the lake on Friday morning with members of the Missouri Highway Patrol to resume those efforts. They located the sunken boat shortly after.There were two duck boats on the water during the storm, and both were returning to land at the time of the accident. “The first one made it out, and the second one didn’t,” Sheriff Rader said, adding that strong winds, which were part of a storm system that passed across much of the Midwest, caused the boat to capsize.The boat that sank had …
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