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Sheriff: At least 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm PDT

(The Associated Press)

The tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake

Officials believe more than 30 people were on board

BRANSON, Mo. — A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people have now been confirmed dead after a boat carrying tourists on a lake in a popular vacation city capsized and sank.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that investigators will arrive on the scene Friday morning.

Rader says stormy weather is believed to be what caused the Ride the Ducks boat to capsize Thursday night.

The incident took place in Table Rock Lake (Credit: Google Maps)

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

Branson is about 320 kilometers southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.