At Least 11 Drown as 'Duck Boat' Capsizes in Missouri
(Reuters) - At least 11 people including children drowned when an amphibious “duck boat” carrying 31 people capsized and sank in stormy weather on a lake in Missouri on Thursday.
Divers will resume searching Table Rock Lake, near Branson, Missouri, for other victims on Friday, the day after the “Ride the Ducks” amphibious vehicle sank, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told reporters during a news conference late on Thursday.
Five people are still missing, the sheriff said.
Seven victims including two who are critically injured were treated at the Cox Medical Center in Branson, the hospital said on Twitter.
Officials opened Branson’s city hall to victims and family members and brought in clergy and the Red Cross to assist.
“The City of Branson may be small in size but it is big at its heart, which is why city officials wanted to extend a helping hand and a strong shoulder,” the city said in a statement.
Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) after thunderstorms rolled through the area, the fire district said on Twitter.
Duck amphibious vehicles are used on sightseeing tours around the world and have been involved in a number of fatal accidents in the past two decades.
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.
The company admitted to failing to comply with U.S. vehicle manufacturing rules.
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