Duck boat filmed struggling and sinking in storm killing 17 people (Video)
A horrifying video captured the moment a ‘duck boat’ carrying 31 people capsized and sank on a lake in Missouri, Metro reported.
At least 17 people have so far been confirmed to have died in the incident, which took place yesterday evening.
Footage of the tragedy shows the ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat being thrown around by strong winds – at some points almost disappearing beneath the waves.
The boat, which doubles up as a land vehicle, was recorded fighting to stay afloat in the storm.
A short while after the clip was taken, the boat capsized and sank to the bottom of Table Rock Lake, near Branson.
Rescue divers rushed to the vehicle and managed to pull some victims from the boat.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed in the early hours that seven people were taken to hospital and 11 had died. Five others remained missing.
A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident.
Two adults were in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries.
Rader said the stormy weather was believed to be the cause of the capsizing.
Another duck boat on the lake was able to safely make it back to shore.
Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area on Thursday evening.
Lindenberg said winds reached speeds of more than 60 mph. ‘It’s a warning telling people to take shelter,’ he said.
Rader said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the accident.
Dive teams from a number of law enforcement agencies were assisting in the effort, but the sheriff said the divers ended their search for the night.
The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that investigators will arrive on the scene this morning.
Suzanne Smagala, of Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said the company was assisting authorities with the rescue effort.
She added this was the Branson tour’s first accident in more than 40 years of operation.
Culled from Metro