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Press release

On 07-19-18, at approximately 7:09 p.m. The first 911 call came in reporting a “Duck” tour boat had sank near the Branson Belle in Stone County, MO. It was reported that people were in the water.

Stone County Sheriffs Office, Taney County Sheriffs Office, the MO Highway Patrol, Branson Police Department, Western Taney County Fire, Southern Stone Fire, TCAD ambulances and Stone County Emergency Management responded to the scene.

There was 29 passengers and 2 crew members on the Duck. At this time, 11 people are confirmed fatalities. 14 survived and 6 are still missing.

Western Taney County Fire dive team worked up until 11:30 p.m. Searching the waters. MO Highway Patrol Dive team will take over the water recovery in the morning. Branson City Hall has been opened up for anyone that is missing family members or you can call 417-337-8515 For family to call for information on their loved ones.

Their will be a press conference at 9:00 a.m. in the morning in the Branson Belle parking lot.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones.

Sheriff Doug Rader

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