Nine members of one family were among the 17 people who died when a Ride the Ducks boat capsized at Table Rock Lake Thursday night when a severe thunderstorm ripped through Branson. Mr. Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour (100 kph).
Steve Smith, a vacationing retired teacher from Osceola, Arkansas, and his teenage son Lance Smith, died in the lake, said Glenn Oakes, a church elder at the Osceola Church of Christ.
"I " m sure they knew there were some storms out, but as to why they still had the boats out at that time, that's what's going through my mind", said Barlow.
Guain Holloman, of Tennessee, places a flower on the windshield of a vehicle in the Ride the Ducks parking lot in Branson on Friday.
Video posted by Jennie Phillips-Hudson Carr, which she recorded from a larger vessel nearby, showed two duck boats rocking and tilting to the side as the lake's ripples turned into massive waves. Four of the family members who died were children, all younger than 10. A duck boat that sank in Arkansas in 1999 killed 13 people. It was not immediately clear if the vessel was filled to capacity at the time of the incident. "There are still people in the water", Parson said.
Seven people have been hospitalized. Rader said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the boat capsized.
Gerald Dworkin, a consultant for Lifesaving Resources, an aquatics safety training firm in ME, said, "Even if they were wearing a life jacket when the boat went down, unless they could evacuate through the side windows they would've been trapped by that canopy".
Thursday's disaster in Missouri came just four days after passengers aboard a regular tour boat off Hawaii's Big Island were pelted with "lava bombs" that left several with third-degree burns and a woman's leg broken.
A duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake Thursday evening, with 29 passengers and two employees on board.
Duck boats can travel on land and water, but they have been involved in a number of high-profile fatal accidents.
He said the incident was caused by heavy winds, saying the tour boat had been making its way to land.
Stone County sheriff Doug Rader said the sunken boat was now lying in 80ft (24m) of water.
The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles collided with a bus in Seattle, killing five international students.
Boston Duck Boat Tours offered condolences to everyone touched by the Missouri tragedy.
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