Children among 17 killed after tourist boat sinks in US

10:37 PM | 20 Jul, 2018
Children among 17 killed after tourist boat sinks in US
CHICAGO - A tourist boat carrying 31 people sank in a lake in the US state of Missouri Thursday night, killing at least 17 people.

A total of 14 people survived, including seven who were injured when the Ride the Ducks tourist boat sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson Thursday evening, local media quote Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace as saying.

Among the seven injured, four are adults and three are children. Two adults were in critical condition and others were being treated for minor injuries, officials said.

Officials also confirmed children are among the dead, but they have not said how many victims were children.

Four others remain missing after the duck boat was buffeted by powerful winds, the Stone County Sheriff's Office said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences early Friday, extending his deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved.

Several dive teams from different law enforcement agencies joined the rescue Thursday night and recovery efforts were paused late in the evening. On Friday morning the search diving operations resumed.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive on the scene Friday morning.

Ripley Entertainment owns the Ride the Ducks boat. The vessel now sits on the bottom of Table Rock Lake, about 80 feet down.