A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, amid powerful storms, killing at least 13 people, including children, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.
The Thursday night accident also injured seven people and four others are still missing, officials said. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious craft at the time, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.
Severe evening thunderstorms, including winds in excess of 60 mph, struck the area at the time of the sinking. Eyewitness video showed the craft, which travels on land and water, taking on water as waves lashed at its sides.
“The wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere,” Allison Lester, who was on a nearby boat, told “Good Morning America” today.
Reacting to the sad accident, President Trump tweeted, “my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!”.