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The Last: 300 mourn the victims outside the tourism boat business

BRANSON, missouri. – The Latest on a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times are local):

9:35 pm

About 300 people gathered in a parking lot outside the tourism industry to remember the 17 people killed when one of the duck boats capsized in a storm tossed water.

The mourners Friday night sang Amazing Grace and prayers, some of them holding candles. The other 75 gathered at Brookside Church in Branson to pray.

The Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday in the Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri, after a strong storm generated gusts of 50 to 65 mph (80 to 105 km / h) in the environment. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists

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9:25 pm

An Arkansas man and his son are some of the 17 people who died when a tourist boat capsized in the vicinity of Branson, Missouri.

Carroll Smith said in a telephone interview Friday that his 53-year-old son, Steve, and the 15-year-old grandson, Lance, were killed when a Ride the Ducks boat sank in the middle of turbulent waters Thursday on Table Rock Lake. The family of Osceola, Arkansas.

Steve Smith’s wife, Pamela, was with the family on a visit to Branson but it was not on the boat. Steve Smith’s 14-year-old daughter, Loren, suffered a concussion, but survived.

Carroll Smith says that his son was a retired math teacher who loved old Westerns and was active in his church. Lance would have been a freshman at Osceola high School.

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8 hours

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will investigate “legislative solutions” for increasing the safety of amphibious vehicles, including duck boats after the tragedy in Branson.

The Democratic senator is not specifically after she was informed Friday evening by officials of the U. S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board. Both agencies are investigating the Thursday evening accident on Table Rock Lake that 17 people were killed.

The state’s other senator, Republican Roy Blunt, was also informed by the agencies. He said that he will monitor the investigation closely and called it “a tragedy that never should have happened.”

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7:45 pm

A Missouri woman says that nine Indiana family members killed when a duck boat sank, were on the ill-fated boat, because of a ticket mix-up.

Tracy Beck, of Kansas City, says that she and her family were waiting in line for another boat at the Indiana family stopped to talk to a group photo taken by the tour operator.

Beck says that the ticket taker realized the family must have boarded at a different location in Branson.

The family had a new tickets and was back on the boat, which eventually sank. Beck said she recognized the family When pictures began to circulate on Friday

Beck says the water was choppy, and while they are on the lake and the captain decided to return to the coast.

But she says that she’s not the fault of the operator of the ill-fated boat.

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6:45 pm

A survivor from the tourist boat accident that 17 people were killed, including nine of her family, says the captain of the boat told passengers not to bother, grabbing life jackets.

Tia Coleman told WXIN-TV in Indianapolis that she and a cousin were among 11 family members on a duck boat Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Coleman says that she lost “all my children” but she would not say how much.

Coleman says the captain of the boat told passengers, “Don’t worry about grabbing the life jackets — you won’t need them.”

She says at the time that it was clear life jackets were required, “it was too late.”

An e-mail seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, owner of the Ride the Ducks boat, was not immediately returned.

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6:30 pm

The local hospital the chairman said that an employee of a nearby riverboat cruise line was with a small child who survived the capsize of a duck boat on a Missouri lake for hours, until the father of the girl came.

Cox Medical Center President William Mahoney, said the young woman who worked for the Showboat Branson Belle. It was in the vicinity of the duck boat in bad weather affected Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake.

Molly said the young woman threw a life buoy to try and help the duck boat sank.

Molly said: it is not clear how the young woman and the child arrived at the hospital. But he said one time that they were there, the employee remained with the child until her father arrived about 5 pm and Friday.

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6 hours

A Missouri sheriff said two duck boats were on the way back to the country if one of them is hit, on a Missouri lake in an accident that 17 people were killed.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader provided that information in a Thursday night press conference in the confirmation of the first 11 deaths as a result of the accident earlier Thursday evening. The death count rose Friday to 17 after the bodies were removed from the Table Rock Lake near Branson.

A thunderstorm is creating high winds moved through the area Thursday evening.

Rader said one of the two boats on the lake at the time made it back to the country.

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4:45 pm

The nine members of one family, who died in the duck boat accident were from Indianapolis, said Thomas Griffith, suffragan bishop of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church in Indianapolis, indiana. He did not identify.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office confirmed that nine of the 17 victims in the accident were a family and two other members of the family survived.

The tourist duck boat capsized in stormy weather Thursday night on Table Rock Lake. Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on board.

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4:15 pm

A resident of the Missouri tourist town of Branson says that she understands how a duck boat was caught on the lake in capsized as a result of a sudden change in the weather that day.

Trisha Ayers said Friday that they saw the weather change in 10 minutes with Thursday from sunny to gale force winds that bend of road signs.

The duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake with a thunderstorm in the area of the generation of high wind. Seventeen people died.

Ayers called the fatal accident a “bot” and said that she hopes that it is not affected by Branson, because the majority of revenue from tourists.

She and her family moved to Branson 3½ years ago after visiting regularly from their previous place of residence in the Kansas City area.

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3:55 pm

A spokeswoman for Missouri Gov. Mike Priest says that nine of the 17 people who died in a duck boat accident are of the same family.

Pastor spokeswoman Kelli Jones says Friday that the other two members of the same family survived when the boat capsized on Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson.

The governor had no other information about the family members. The authorities have not yet identified the victims.

The boat capsized Thursday evening with a thunderstorm struck the area and brought winds that approached near-hurricane speeds.

Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on the boat when it capsized. The tenant was one of the people killed.

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3:32 pm

The president of the company that is the owner of the Branson duck boats says a sudden “microburst” of high winds apparently came suddenly for one of the boats sunk, killing 17 people.

The accident happened on Thursday at Table Rock Lake. The last of the victims were Friday found. A variety of local, state and federal agencies are investigating.

Jim Pattison Jr. is president of Ripley Entertainment, owner of the duck boat business. Pattison, says the captain to operate the boat had 16 years of experience, and the business monitor.

Pattison told The Associated Press that the water was calm and flat at the amphibious vehicle arrived at the lake, but a sudden storm arise, and “turned it into the turbulence.”

Pattison says that his company is “sad” and “devastated” by the death.

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3:25 pm

Missouri Gov. Mike Priest says aid workers and civilian aid workers helped to prevent an even worse tragedy after a duck boat capsized on a lake and 17 people killed.

Pastor spent Friday in the Branson area after the boat sank Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake in the midst of the fierce wind. He called the efforts of the emergency services and civil responders “courageous” and said that he was inspired by them.

He said that people rushed in to help “in very dangerous circumstances.”

Pastor meeting with the Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader and others lead the recovery operation for a visit to the Cox Medical Center in Branson to meet with survivors and medical staff.

The governor pledged the support of all the resources of the state to assist in an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the us Coast Guard.

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3:15 pm

A spokeswoman for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, says the agency has no authority to keep people or boats from the lakes, even in bad weather approaches.

Seventeen people died Thursday when a Ride on the Duck boat capsized in the Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. The accident happened in the midst of turbulent waters and stormy weather.

Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Laurie Driver says storms tend to blow up quickly in the region in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, which includes Table Rock, but the agency must rely on the people to make their own decisions about the safety of the setting on the water.

Driver says Ride the Ducks of Branson has a permit from the corps to work on it more.

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2:45 pm

Doctors believe that two people are in critical condition after a duck boat sank in Missouri, more will survive.

Cox Medical Center spokeswoman Brandei Clifton says: “doctors are confident” about the long-term prognosis.

The two adults are in critical condition after nearly drowning in the accident on Thursday evening.

Cox got seven patients with Thursday. Two are in critical condition, refused treatment, and the remaining four, including three children, were treated for minor injuries, such as sore ears and general anxiety.

Clifton says the hospital treated the accident as a mass casualty event and called in extra staff in anticipation of a large number of patients.

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2:40 pm

A vigil is planned to remember the 17 people killed when a duck boat capsized in stormy weather in the south of Missouri.

Several pastors will gather at 9 am, Friday at Brookside Church in Branson, with a previously scheduled fireworks on the following the vigil and prayers. The Stone County Sheriff’s Office posted details about the vigil on her Facebook page. The post says, “EVERYONE is welcome!”

The Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake after a strong storm generated gusts of 50 to 65 mph (80 to 105 km / h) in the environment. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists.

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2:05 pm

The authorities say that it can take a few days to raise a duck boat that sank in the southern part of Missouri, where the driver and 16 passengers.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace says the ship came to rest in 80 feet of water in the Table Rock Lake. The authorities initially said that it would be brought up, but Friday, Pace said that it will take a few days to get the equipment in place. He says that the researchers “want to preserve evidence as best as possible.”

Pace says the space is secured and the investigation handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board and the coast guard.

Tempo says divers indicated that the visibility in the water was better than normal, the speeding up of the recovery of the bodies of the victims. They ranged in age from 1 to 70 years old.

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Corrects the name of the lake, at 2:05 pm-item Table Rock Lake.

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1:50 pm

A man who was a witness to a deadly Missouri duck boat accident on board of a nearby riverboat says the storm, which flooded a smaller boat suddenly appeared.

Brayden Malaske, of Harrah, Oklahoma, says nobody worried about the weather, when he was aboard the Showboat Branson Belle with the family shortly before the storm on Thursday evening. He says Table Rock Lake seemed quiet, but that it “suddenly got very dark.”

He says that he doesn’t think that the duck boats would have a problem, despite the weather, because they are derived from military vehicles. He says that when the duck boat capsized, the people on board of the riverboat tried to guide the passengers to safety. He says that he saw a woman on for “dear life” to one of the riverboat’s, paddles, before he was saved.

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1:20 pm

The National Weather Service issued several severe weather warnings in the hours before a duck boat capsized in the southern part of Missouri, the killing of 17 people.

Meteorologist Kelsey Angle says a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the area around 11:30 p.m. and Thursday. The watch indicates that conditions were favorable for the formation of heavy thunderstorms with gusts reaching 70 mph.

The Weather is then issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 6:32 pm for the three southwest Missouri counties, which include Branson and Table Rock Lake. This is followed by a statement at 7:02 pm that 70 km per hour winds were possible.

The first 911 calls about the boat capsizing were reported to be seven minutes later.

Gusts in the Branson area reaches from 50 to 60 mph.

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12:55 pm

The mayor of a southwest Missouri city that was the scene of a deadly duck boat accident says she was the wife of the ship the driver, when she was notified that he had died.

Branson Mayor Karen Best, says Bob Williams was riding the Ride the Ducks boat sunk Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake, killing 17 people. She says Williams, also known as Capt. Bob, was a “great ambassador for Branson” and “was in each case.”

They said Williams’ wife heard of the death of her husband in the City where survivors had gathered.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said that the boat of the captain survived.

Mourners have left flowers on the cars in the parking lot of the duck boat.

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12:10 pm

The mayor says that the residents of and visitors to the southwest Missouri city, where a duck boat capsized, killing 17 people, is the donation of food, beverages and flowers.

Branson Mayor Karen Best says it is a “difficult time” since the Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake on the outskirts of Branson, but that the view of the tourist community a “chance to step up to help that pain.”

City Hall has become a command center, where the victims, family and friends can meet with the counselors and the clergy as people who can answer their questions. Red Cross officials are also there to help.

Best, says Branson, is known as an entertainment center, is usually a city “full of smiles”, but that “today we are mourning and crying.”

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11:25 pm

Investigators with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a duck boat accident that 17 people have been killed in southern Missouri.

Coast guard Petty Officer Lora Ratliff, thus the organisations are working “side-by-side to determine what the cause of the Ride the Ducks boat sunk Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake in Branson area. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said investigators are arriving on Friday.

The authorities are releasing few details, including the question of whether the people on board were wearing life jackets. The NTSB and Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader are urging anyone with video or photos of what happened to them to the authorities.

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11 hours

The authorities say that the last four people missing since a boat capsized on a lake in the south of Missouri have found, raising the death toll to 17.

The office manager at the Stone County Sheriff’s office, Wendy Doucey, confirmed the discovery on Friday. The Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake on the outskirts of Branson.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists.

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10 hours

The authorities are working to recover a duck boat capsized and sank in the south of Missouri more, killing more than a dozen people.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said during a press conference Friday that he believes that the boat sank in 40 feet (12 meters) of water, and rolled 80 feet (25 meters) of water. He says that the Missouri State Highway Patrol divers located the vessel on his wheels in the Table Rock Lake in Branson area. Authorities plan to recover the boat later Friday.

He says that the first call about the capsized boat came in at 7:09 pm, Thursday. He says authorities are trying to determine what happened, and I had no information about whether the passengers were wearing life jackets, or they were just stowed away on board.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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9:30 pm

Authorities say the four people are still missing after a duck boat capsized in the southern part of Missouri are presumed dead, in addition to the 13 people whose bodies have been recovered.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader described the search as a “recovery mode for the bodies that are still missing, during a press conference Friday morning.

Rader says the director of the Ride the Ducks boat died, but that the captain survived when the boat sank Thursday night in Table Rock Slot in the Branson area. Thirteen victims have been found.

Rader says an off-duty deputy aboard the nearby Showboat Branson Belle and others on the riverboat jumped in to help the duck boat passengers. He described the rescue effort as “excellent.”

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists.

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8:40 pm

The National weather Service is warning of a new round of thunderstorms, as divers search for four people missing after a duck boat capsized on a lake in southern Missouri.

Meteorologist Jason Schaumann says that some of the storms expected to churn up large hail and damaging straight line winds when they are on Friday afternoon in the Branson area where the Ride the Ducks boat sank. The bodies of the 13 victims who have already found.

Schaumann says gusts of 50 to 65 mph (80 to 105 km / h) were recorded around the time that the boat capsized Thursday night in the Table Rock Lake after a severe storm warning had been issued. He says the weather was calm in the search area overnight and that the area narrowly avoided more storms Friday morning.

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8:10 pm

President Donald Trump is extending his “deepest condolences” to those affected by a Missouri boat accident has killed at least 13.

In a Friday morning tweet, the president sends are: “deepest condolences to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident took place in Missouri.”

He adds: “Such a tragedy, such as a large loss. May God be with you!”

Local officials said that 14 people survived the disaster of a duck boat and four others remain missing after the accident on Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

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8:05 pm

A witness said that the wind caused chaos as a duck boat capsized and sank in a lake in southern Missouri.

Allison Lester told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday that the “waters were rough” and “debris flew everywhere” Thursday evenings at the Drive in the Ducks boat sunk in the Table Rock Lake in Branson. Lester was on a nearby boat.

Thirteen people were killed and four others are unaccounted for.

Lester’s friend, Trent Behr, says he saw a woman lying in the water and they pulled her up on the boat. He says she was unconscious and that he was ready to start CPR when the emergency services arrived.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists.

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7:15 pm

Authorities say divers have found two bodies after a duck boat with tourists capsized in the southwestern part of Missouri, bringing the death toll to 13.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace says four others remain missing on Friday after the accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening. He says 14 others survived, but seven were injured.

Pace says those who died ranged in age from 1 to 70 years old.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists looking for entertainment, ranging from theme parks to live music.

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6:40 pm

The authorities say that six people remain missing after a duck boat with tourists capsized and sank on a lake in southern Missouri.

The Stone County Sheriff’s Office updated the number of missing after the accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening of five in a post on Facebook early Friday. The office says that 11 people have been confirmed dead and 14 survived.

Seven people were hospitalized after the boat capsized and two in critical condition.

Divers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol will resume searching for the missing Friday.

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12:30 pm

A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people have now been confirmed dead after a boat with tourists on a lake in a popular holiday town capsized and sank.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says seven people were hospitalized and five others remain missing. He says divers have ended their search for Table Rock Lake in Branson for the night.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that the researchers came on the scene Friday morning.

Rader says stormy weather is supposed to be the cause of the Ride the Ducks boat to capsize Thursday night.

The National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Lindenberg says the agency issued a severe storm warning for the Branson area Thursday evening. He says winds reached speeds of more than 60 mph.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular holiday destination for families and other tourists looking for entertainment, ranging from theme parks to live music.

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9:50 pm

A sheriff in Missouri, says a tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake, leaving eight people dead and several others in the hospital.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says the accident happened Thursday night after a Ride the Ducks tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake.

Rader says an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security helped save people. He says that the repairs are ongoing, with a number of passengers still missing.

A dive team assisting.

Rader says weather is believed to have caused the boat to capsize.

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