Duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri, leaves 17 dead after severe storm

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BRANSON NEWS: USA Today NetworkWilliam Schmitt and Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Network
Published 6:45 a.m. ET July 20, 2018 | Updated 2:19 p.m. ET July 20, 2018CLOSE
At least 13 are dead and 6 remain missing after a severe storm flooded a tourist boat on a southwestern Missouri lake. Warning: Video contains emotionally or visually disturbing content.
USA TODAYGuain Holloman, of Tennessee, places a flower on the windshield of a car in the Ride the Ducks parking lot in Branson on Friday July 20, 2018. Multiple people, including children, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized on a lake at this tourism hot spot during a severe thunderstorm.(Photo: Andrew Jansen, Springfield News-Leader via USA TODAY Network)BRANSON, Mo. — Divers recovered the four remaining bodies Friday from a lake at this tourism hot spot, bringing the death toll to 17 after an amphibious duck boat capsized during a severe thunderstorm that churned up 5-foot waves.Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader’s office confirmed the recovery of the four remaining missing bodies from Table Rock Lake.Rader told MSNBC that the recovery of the last victims “brings some closure” to the tragedy that struck the tourist vessel. The driver of the Ride the Ducks tourist boat was among the victims as the vessel sank in 40 feet of water, Rader told reporters earlier Friday. The captain of the boat survived.The boat, a hybrid land and water vehicle, had 31 people on board on Table Rock Lake when the incident happened near the Showboat Branson Belle.An off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who was working on the showboat when a line of the thunderstorms blew through between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m., jumped in the water to save some of the passengers, Rader said.Timeline: Fatal duck boat accidents in the pastCLOSE
Amphibious vehicles are popular as tourist attractions, but have a history of fatal accidents.


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