Prayers are needed after a Duck boat capsized in Missouri. Eleven people are now dead and several more injured.
Rescue crews worked into the early morning hours on Friday attempting to rescue six people who disappeared into Table Rock Lake following the boat’s capsizing. Fierce winds caused the tourist attracting to turn over.
Some of the dead were children, according to Fox News. Seven of the injured, including four adults and three children, have been hospitalized. Two adults are in critical condition and others, treated for minor injuries, according to a spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Center Branson.
Several agencies responded to what was described as a “mass casualty incident” at around 7:12 p.m. Thirty-one people were aboard the “Ride the Ducks” boat when wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour caused huge waves to swamp the vessel, capsizing it, reported Fox4.
One of the passengers on the boat was an off-duty sheriff. He immediately took action, helping to save several other passengers.
According to the National Weather Service, a top wind speed was measured at 63 mph around 7 p.m., around the time when the boat capsized. The winds caused the boat to sink to the bottom of the lake, where it remains.
“There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” said meteorologist Steve Linderberg.
Please remember the families of the deceased passengers, and those injured in this tragedy. In lighter news, find out about Prince William and Duchess Kate’s much-needed vacation to an exotic location.