Governor Mike Parson spent Friday in the Branson area meeting with survivors, victims’ relatives, rescuers and emergency responders in the aftermath of duck boat tragedy at Table Rock Lake.
“The courageous efforts of emergency responders and civilian rescuers helped avert an even worse tragedy, as people rushed to help in extremely dangerous conditions.” Parson said.
“I was inspired by the stories I heard from some of those who were part of the rescue effort and tremendously encouraged by the strength of the family members of victims I met with today. We pray for all those who were affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Thirty-one people were onboard the Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle when it sunk in strong winds and large waves Thursday evening.
After working throughout the night and into today, nine Missouri State Highway Patrol divers have recovered the remaining four bodies from the water totaling 17 fatalities.
The Patrol divers were among several dive teams that all worked expeditiously to recover the victims.
Many of the victims were out of state visitors to the Branson area.