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Eleven people were killed and at least seven more injured when a land / water tourist boat capsized with 31 people aboard and sank on a Missouri lake in high winds, the authorities said Thursday night.
The incident occurred around 7 pm (8 pm ET) During heavy storms on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Doug Raader, the sheriff of Stone County, said, "I think it was caused by the weather, yes." , he said. Springfield-based NBC subsidiary KYTV reported that violent thunderstorms were moving at wind speeds of up to 60 mph
Seven people, some of them children, were treated at the Cox Health Medical Center, two of them in critical condition, a spokeswoman said.
The status of the remaining occupants of the boat was not immediately clear. Rader said search and rescue operations are in progress.
"It's going to be a challenging night and see you tomorrow," Rader told reporters.
Eric Nielsen, a Southern Stone County Fire Protection District spokesman, told NBC News Some of the children on board were children.
The Tablewood Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau said they were aware of the incident but directed all calls to local authorities. He asked for the prayers of the people as well as Missouri Gov Mike Parsons
CORRECTION (July 19, 2018, 11:15 pm ET): An earlier version of this article has been incorrect identifies Eric Nielsen. He is a spokesman for the South Stone County Fire Protection District, not the West Taney County Fire Department.