A tourist boat carrying 31 people, including children, capsized on a lake in Missouri following a severe thunderstorm on Thursday.
Eleven people died in the accident, seven were injured, and five people are still missing. Divers spent the night searching for the missing.
Emergency Services were called to Table Rock Lake, Stone County, near Branson, Missouri, at about 7pm after severe thunderstorms quickly rolled through the area, KY3 reported.
The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District has labelled the tragedy, which took place on a Ride The Ducks boat, a “mass casualty”.
“Seven patients [are in] the hospital and we do have some people still missing. So this is going to be an all night, into tomorrow [search],” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told reporters about 9.30pm.
Of the seven people injured, two are in critical condition. At about midnight, Rader confirmed some of the dead and injured were children, and five people were still missing.
While the identities of those killed have not yet been released, it was confirmed that there were children on board at the time. He added he believed all those who died did so by drowning.