At least 13 die when duck boat capsizes in Missouri lake
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt Jason Pace said four people remain missing today after the Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson yesterday evening.
A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident. Two adults are in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said yesterday that stormy weather likely made the boat capsize. Another duck boat on the lake made it safely back to shore. Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area yesterday evening.
Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 mph (100 kph). "It's a warning telling people to take shelter," he said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said investigators will arrive on the scene today morning.
Smagala added this was the Branson tour's only accident in more than 40 years of operation.
Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.
Duck boats, which can travel on land and in water, have been involved in other deadly incidents in the past. Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus, and 13 people died in 1999 when a duck boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Safety advocates have sought improvements since the Arkansas deaths. Critics argued that part of the problem is that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.
Duck boats were originally used by the US military in World War II to transport troops and supplies, and later were modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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