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‘Duck boat’ accident kills at least eight

Several still missing as US tourist boat capsizes

At least eight people have been killed, seven hospitalised, and more missing after an amphibious ‘duck boat’ capsized and sank in bad weather on a Missouri lake.


According to Reuters, local police said 31 people were on board the Ripley's Believe It Or Not vessel, and that divers were searching for other possible victims.



“We have eight confirmed fatalities,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told reporters at a media briefing.


“We do have some people still missing.” The incident took place on Table Rock Lake, near Branson, Missouri, just after 7pm, at around the time a big storm hit the area.


Mr Radar said weather was believed to be a contributing factor to the accident.


According to local news outlet, Springfield News Leader, Sea Tow Table Rock Lake owner Jim Pulley said winds of up to nearly 130kmh hit the lake during the storm, and that waves five feet high.


“The Ducks have a ramp access where they put in, and when the wind hit it pushed the boat right square behind the [showboat] Branson Belle,” said Pulley, whose tow boats were on hand to lend any assistance.


He added that several docks had broke loose during the wind storm.


Duck amphibious have been involved in a number of fatal accidents in the past 20 years, Reuters reported.


One 2016 incident saw duck builder, Ride the Ducks International, pay a US$1 million fine after one of its vehicles hit a bus in Seattle, killing five international students.          


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 20 July 2018

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