BRANSON, Mo. – 11 people are dead and several others hospitalized after a “mass casualty” drowning incident Thursday on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
According to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader, a Ride the Ducks tourist boat reportedly sank with 31 people on board.
Rader said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was working security at the scene and helped rescue survivors. Recovery efforts continued after dark, with some passengers still unaccounted for. A dive team from Western Taney County was in the water and a team from the Missouri State Highway Patrol was on the way, as well.
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.
Divers staged near the Showboat Branson Belle, according to a statement issued by the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District.
The statement, issued at 8:20 p.m., specified that the Branson Belle itself was not involved.
Rader said weather was thought to have caused a Ride the Ducks tourist boat to capsize. Weather reports said high winds hit the area at about 7 p.m.