By order of Governor Mike Parson, effective immediately, all flags at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, until sunset, July 27, 2018, honoring the victims of the boating accident at Table Rock Lake in Stone County.
BRANSON, Missouri- Sheriff Doug Radar has confirmed there are 17 fatalities after a Ride the Ducks Branson amphibious boat incident on Table Rock Lake. The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reported a Mass Causality event near the Branson Belle dock at 7:12 p.m. Thursday. They said multiple agencies responded at that time. As of Friday morning, all victims have been recovered.
Ride the Ducks Branson issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride The Ducks Branson. This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking.
We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue.
The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. Ride the Ducks will be closed for business while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.
Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time.”
There were 31 people on board when the craft slipped beneath the waters. Seven have been treated for injuries with one listed in critical conditions. Another amphibious boat was in the water during the storm, but returned safely.
Very sad to hear about this horrible accident – prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting. https://t.co/PQ56zagc0s
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 20, 2018
Rescue and recovery efforts have been suspended for the night.
13 people perished in 1999 when a boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas and there have been other deadly incidents involving the amphibious craft.
This is a developing story.