All Bodies Recovered, 17 Dead After Tourist Boat Capsizes Near Branson

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BRANSON, Mo. (KFSM) — Officials have confirmed at least 17 people died Thursday (July 19) after a tourist boat capsized at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.

Table Rock Lake

All the victims' bodies have been recovered.

The AP reports, nine members of an Indianapolis family were killed in the crash. The names of the Indianapolis victims have not yet been released.

Members of the Indianapolis family killed in the crash. Photo courtesy: WRTV Channel 6.

Six people -- including three children -- are being treated at local hospitals, officials said.

Two of the adults are in the critical care unit, according to a hospital spokesperson. The other adult was listed in fair condition, along with the three children.

Among those killed was the driver, Robert "Bob" Williams, said his widow, Judy Williams.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed 31 people were on a Ride the Ducks boat, including children, when it capsized around 7 p.m. near the Branson Belle dock.

CNN reported the boat's captain, who has not been identified, was among the survivors and was taken to a hospital, said Pattison, president of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Investigators say the boat sank and remains in the lake. The capsizing happened as a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area.

Local weather stations reported wind gusts at more than 60 mph at the time of the incident.

In a tweet Friday (July 20) morning, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed sympathy for the victims and praised rescue efforts.

The sheriff's office said it's been overwhelmed with calls for donations, and ask that people call and leave their name and number so they can be contact later.

"(T)he amount of appreciation, there really are no words," the sheriff's office said. "Prayers for the victims, survivors, first responders is what is needed at this point."

A makeshift memorial has been made at the pickup spot at Ride the Ducks tours, at Table Rock Lake.

Ride the Ducks Branson also released a statement about the accident, saying "words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking." The company added that they are continuing to assist the families and authorities involved in the accident.

The business will be closed while the investigation continues and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to for the Ride the Duck boat disaster.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated two children were being treated in the critical care unit.

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