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8 fatalities after duck boat capsizes at Table Rock Lake near Branson

People pray next to a car believed to belong to a victim of the duck boat accident CHARLIE RIEDEL AP People pray next to a car believed to belong to a victim of the duck boat accident
Kenny Thornton | 20 July, 2018, 08:12

At least 8 people were reported dead on Thursday after a duck boat capsized during a thunderstorm on a lake in Branson, Missouri.

Media reports say 11 people have died, after a tourist boat accident on a lake in southern Missouri. Divers are searching the water for an unknown number of people who are still missing.

A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Ride the Ducks Branson, said the company is in contact with their employees at the scene, said.

A sheriff's deputy was among those on the boat when it capsized and was helping in the rescue, he said.

An additional seven people have been transported to the hospital, he said. Local weather stations did report wind gusts at more than 60 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Rogers also said the area had experienced bad weather, with a storm coming through the area rapidly.

A duck boat sits idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks. The amphibious vehicle is similar to one of the company's

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed the fatalities to CNN affiliates KYTV and KSPR. Fire Protection District reported a boat dock emergency near Branson Belle Dock just after 7:00 this evening. The winds were likely stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.

Winds of up to 60mph were generated by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled over the area.

This is a developing story.

She could not confirm how many crew members were aboard the boat.

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