17 fatalities have now been confirmed in the incident involving the 'Ride The Ducks' boat capsizing on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.
Divers recovered two additional bodies early Friday morning. Just hours later, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed the body count had climbed to 17. Authorities say the ages of those dead range from one to 70-years-old.
14 survivors escaped the sinking 'Ride The Ducks' ride.
A spokeswoman with Cox Hospital in Branson says seven patients arrived at the hospital Thursday night, with one declining treatment, two with critical injuries, and four who are in fair condition.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson spoke from the scene Friday morning, urging patience as officials work the scene.
“There’s a lot of healing that has to take place right now …,” Parson said. “I know everybody wants answers, but the priority right now is to protect the families, unite the families and deal with the situations they’re in.”
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2018
President Trump also tweeted out his thoughts for those involved in the deadly incident.
Dozens of emergency crews were at the scene since the call came in around 7 p.m., shortly after a severe line of thunderstorms came through the area. They worked until 11:30 pm Thursday night before resuming operations Friday morning.
Sheriff Rader tells KTTS News seven people were taken to the hospital. He said several others made it out safely.
The Ducks boat was one of two that was trying to return to shore.
Cox Hospital in Branson is confirming they received seven patients with three under the age of 18. According to a tweet from the hospital, two of those people are in critical condition.
We now have 7 patients from the local water disaster being treated at Cox Branson. Two are in critical condition.— CoxHealth (@CoxHealth) July 20, 2018
Emergency crews say the boat ended up sinking in the lake.
Police are also urging anyone who has any video of the incident to call or send it into the Stone County Sheriff's Office.
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