Last night, a duck boat capsized on a stormy Missouri lake. The boat was carrying 31 people, and unfortunately while many of them made it out alive, so far 17 people have been counted as fatalities. A shocking new video however has just emerged, showing the boat’s final struggle to stay afloat just before it was capsized, killing over a dozen innocent people.
When many people hear that over a dozen were killed, they immediately think “terrorist attack.” They think that some lunatic drove a car through a crowd of people, or bombed a government building—but unfortunately, tragedies can happen in the most simple of places, for the most simple of reasons.
A severe storm warning was issued by authorities at 6:30pm, 30 minutes before the boat began to encounter harsh winds and stormy waves. Unfortunately however, they didn’t listen—and while these customers were only trying to get their $26 worth for an adult ticket to see the ducks, it turns out that they got far worse than anyone ever expected.
Daily Mail reports:
Four more bodies have been pulled from the water where a duck boat capsized on Thursday night, bringing the total death toll from the tragedy to 17.
All of the victims were on board the Ride the Ducks amphibious vessel when a powerful storm rolled over the lake, lashing the water with 60mph winds at around 7pm.
Fourteen people survived, including the boat’s captain. Seven people were hospitalized with injuries.
Those who died range in age from one to 70. Among them was the boat’s driver.
Search and rescue teams eventually sectioned off part of the lake to continue looking for the four missing bodies on Friday morning. The first 11 were found on Thursday night, and six more were recovered the next day. Unfortunately the lake is 229ft deep, making recovery very difficult for divers.
Now authorities are trying to find and bring the entirety of the boat wreckage back to shore, to investigate why it failed. Some individuals are calling for foul play, but the majority of experts believe that the boat accident was just that—a sick and tragic twist of fate.
The tour departs every 30 minutes and costs $26 for an adult ticket. According to a description on a tour website, the boat is only ever on the water for 25 minutes but is an hour long and also traverses land.
As it was overpowered with waves on Thursday night, passengers on other boats nearby watched helplessly. They filmed harrowing footage of the scene which cut out just before the boat capsized.
The initial death toll on Thursday night was 11. On Friday morning, authorities resumed their search for the six people who were missing and pulled two more bodies from the water.
The incident is being described by police as a ‘mass casualty’. None of the victims have been identified.
At a press conference in Branson on Friday, Governor Mike Parson said the reason for the tragedy remained unclear.
Neither he nor local sheriffs know whether the boat operators checked the weather forecast before taking to the water.
‘Needless to say the things that have occurred in the last 24 hours, it is a sad occasion with a lot of families involved,’ Governor Parson said.
Some of the victims were on vacation in Missouri from other states.
Authorities are now trying to contact all of the victims’ families.