La Oferta

October 5, 2022

US tourist boat accident death toll rises to 17

Washington, Jul 20 (EFE).- The death toll from the capsizing of a tourist duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, rose to 17 on Friday after authorities located the bodies of four more missing people.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader provided the new fatalities figure and also confirmed that seven people were injured in the accident, one of them seriously.

Some of those who died were children, Rader said, without providing further details.

The boat, a replica of a World War II-era DUK-W amphibious craft, capsized at 7.10 pm Thursday when, according to weather reports, the area was being hit by sustained winds of more than 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 100 kph.

Fourteen of the 31 passengers survived the accident.

Eyewitness video footage widely distributed by United States media outlets on Friday shows the boat being battered by strong waves just a few minutes before it capsized.