A duck boat capsized and sunk during a severe thunderstorm in Missouri, killing at least 11 people, some of them children, authorities said.
First responders from multiple agencies responded to the incident, initially reported as a "mass casualty incident" involving a "tourist type boat" on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
Rader said 31 people had been aboard the amphibious vessel, known as a duck boat for its wheels that allow it to ride on land in addition to floating low on the water.
At least ten people are dead and several injured after a tourist boat sank in southeast Missouri on Thursday. Five people are still missing and seven more are in hospital, according to The Associated Press.
The DUKW, a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck, was first made in the USA in the mid-1940s to deliver people and materials ashore where no port facilities existed.
Diving teams from various agencies scoured the waters for potential victims, and will resume the search Friday.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive Friday to help determine the cause of the tragedy.
Just a month later, in May 2015, a duck boat killed a woman who was crossing the street in Philadelphia.
Officials ask that concerned family member avoid going to the dock where the crash happen. If you cannot make it to city hall, you can call (417) 337-8515.
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Wind of 63mph was reported at a nearby airport at the time of the incident, with the National Weather Service saying it was probably even stronger on the lake due to the open space. The capsize occurred during a storm that produced gusts of 60 to 80 miles per hour.
"They were coming back to land".
In July 2010, two Hungarian students died when a duck boat was struck by a tug on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Of those, one sustained serious injuries, Rader said.
Two boats had been on the water, according to Rader, one of which returned safely.
As a result of that incident, duck boat operators were forced to separate their responsibilities as both driver and tour guide - and blind spot cameras and proximity sensors became required. "Boats can't get in, boats can't get out". I did see he was starting to sink.
What is the duck boat operator saying?
"This business has been operating for 47 years and we've never had an incident like this or anything close to it".