A devastating tragedy emerged from Branson, Missouri on Thursday evening. According to reports, multiple people died and several others have been hospitalized as the result of a boating accident.
Around 7:00 PM local time, a tourist boat carrying roughly 30 individuals capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. A severe thunderstorm generating powerful winds reportedly caused the boat to overturn in the water, reported NBC News.
Authorities are referring to this tragic situation as a "mass casualty incident."
As of 11:00 PM ET, at least eight people have been confirmed dead; the number of people hospitalized is unclear. Others remain unaccounted for, but a search is underway.
"It will be a challenging night and into tomorrow," Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader stated on Thursday night.
Currently, few details — including the identities of the victims — are known. This story is developing and will be updated as more information is released to the public.
In the meantime, please pray for the victims of this horrible tragedy. May God bring their friends and family comfort during this difficult time.
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