At least 11 dead, 7 injured in Missouri duck boat accident

Seventeen dead, more missing after storm sinks 'duck boat'

New details are emerging about a tour boat accident in Branson, Missouri, that left 17 dead including the driver, children, and nine members of one family. "It was having problems through the wind", Rader told reporters.

People pray next to a vehicle believed to belong to a victim of a last night's duck boat accident, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

By early Friday, Carr had removed the video from her Facebook page.

"And when I saw they were throwing out life jackets to people and I said, 'Jesus keep me just keep me so I can get to my children". He said he and his wife decided not to take the tour because of the weather. Rader declined to give an age range of the passengers or elaborate on whether they were local or tourists. "There are still people in the water", Parson said.

"Duck boats are death traps", said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose law firm handled litigation related to duck boat accidents, The Associated Press reported. He said he has not spoken to the survivors yet. The boats were returning to shore when the incident happened, he said.

Families of victims were welcomed to gather inside city hall overnight.

Parson also ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for a week.

The National Transportation Safety Board and multiple duck boat companies, including Ride The Ducks of Seattle, declined to comment.

Despite life vests being present on the Missouri boat, the fact that the narrow boat sits low to the ground coupled with the rooftop design offered little room to escape once it started to sink, creating a drowning risk for everyone onboard.

The boat, he told USA media, "shouldn't have been in the water" due to the weather.

"The wind really picked up bad, and debris was flying everywhere, and just the waves were really rough", Lester told "Good Morning America" in an interview Friday.

At one point, Behr said he and other passengers on the dinner boat helped pull an unconscious woman from the water. "We issue (recommendations) with the expectation that the recipients will take effective action on them". Seven victims including two who are critically injured were treated at the Cox Medical Center in Branson, the hospital said on Twitter.

The boat capsized Thursday evening (Friday NZT) when a thunderstorm hit the area and brought winds that approached near-hurricane speeds. Mr. Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour (100 kph).

The storm rolled in suddenly while Rachel Zerby was camping along the lake near where the duck boat capsized, she told the Washington Post.

"My understanding was that when the boat went in the water, it was calm", said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson. Ms Smagala added this was the Branson tour's first accident in more than 40 years of operation.

With the storm warning in effect, it's unclear why the duck boat, and another that made it back safely, were on the lake. It capsized a Duck Tour amphibious boat and killed 17 people on the land-water craft.

NTSB spokesperson Christopher O'Neil says the agency advocates for the safety recommendations it makes, but can't force anyone to follow them because it has no regulatory power.

General Motors developed the DUKW in 1942 to get supplies and reinforcements to World War II troops, and the amphibious vehicles became known as "ducks".