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'Mass casualty incident' after Missouri tourist boat capsizes

'Mass casualty incident' after Missouri tourist boat capsizes

He said an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security helped rescue people and that recovery efforts were ongoing, with some passengers still to be accounted for. Seven other people were being treated at hospitals, he said, and search operations remained under way for the rest.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, but local weather stations reported wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour at the time, Fox 4 reported. A dive team was assisting.

A duck boat is seen at Table Rock Lake in Branson Missouri in

There reportedly were 31 people on a "Ride the Ducks" boat, a vehicle that goes from land to water and is a popular attraction for tourists at Table Rock Lake.

"I believe it was caused by weather, yes", Rader said. It's being classified as a "Level two" mass casualty incident. Fire Protection District reported a boat dock emergency near Branson Belle Dock just after 7:00 this evening. Rogers also said the area had experienced bad weather, with a storm coming through the area rapidly. "We had a line of very strong thunderstorms that caused 74 miles per hour winds here in Springfield", he said. Divers are on the scene searching for any possible victims. We do not know how many deaths happened in the capsizing.

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