Video shows the last moments before the duck boat sinks in Missouri

Video shows the last moments before the duck boat sinks in Missouri

Video shows the last moments before the duck boat sinks in Missouri

Officials said on Friday that the nine family members from IN, as well as a father and son from Arkansas, were among those who died when a vessel carrying 31 people went down the evening before IN Table Rock Lake, near the town of Branson.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson on Thursday night.

Missouri meteorologist Steve Lindenberg told AFP a string of severe thunderstorms had barrelled through the area.

"Duck boats are death traps", said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose law firm Philadelphia law firm handled litigation related to two fatal duck boat accidents there. Rader noted that the boat's captain survived the sinking but the driver did not.

Authorities have not publicly identified the dead but said they included a one-year-old child.

Officials blamed the accident on stormy weather. "My husband would want me to say this - he would want the world to know that on this boat we were on, the captain had told us "don't worry about grabbing the life jackets - you won't need them" so nobody grabbed them as we listened to the captain as he told us to stay seated", Tia Coleman said. He's dismayed by what happened in Branson and couldn't sleep after hearing about the incident.

"Debris was flying everywhere", Allison Lester said in an interview Friday with ABC's "Good Morning America".

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District has labelled the tragedy, which took place on a Ride The Ducks boat, a "mass casualty".

Pittsburgh's fleet was among the first in the USA, and are among the original built military Army Ducks used during World War I and World War II.

A total of 17 people died in the boat accident after the amphibious "duck boat" capsized during a rapidly deteriorating thunderstorm.

In a short video taken by Malaske from a dock, the duck boat can be seen wallowing through the choppy, wind-whipped lake, with water only inches from its windows. Two adults were in critical condition, and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.

"Very sad to hear about this frightful accident - prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting", Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri said on Twitter.

Roger Brallier, who is a duck boat captain for the same company, told the Post that all of the captains are "very close".

Among the unanswered questions were whether the boat crew was aware of weather warnings, and whether passengers were wearing life vests. The amphibious vehicle is similar to one of the company's boats that capsized the day before on Table Rock Lake resulting in 17 deaths.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson", she said.

"We're still working with families and making notifications, so at this time, I'm not giving that information out", he said.

The maker of the Missouri duck boat, Ride the Duck International, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Seventeen people died when the pleasure cruise went down, with divers finding the final four bodies on Friday in Table Rock Lake, near Branson.

The Thursday night accident was one of the deadliest United States tourist incidents in recent years.

Video footage shot by a witness on shore showed strong waves tossing two duck boats side to side.

The sheriff said Thursday that two duck boats were on the water at the time of the storm.

"They are risky on land and on water".

President Donald Trump offered condolences via Twitter. "It was a great loss for the church", Oakes said.

Related news