Eight dead, more hospitalized after Missouri tourist boat incident

Eight people are dead following a mass casualty incident Thursday night with a “tourist-type boat involved” in Missouri, officials said.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed 31 people were on a Ride the Ducks boat when it crashed, FOX4KC reported.

Several people were taken to a hospital, the department said, without elaborating on their conditions. At least six patients are being treated at CoxHealth Medical Center in Branson, Missouri, hospital spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said. She didn’t comment on the nature of the victims’ injuries.

According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, there was a severe thunderstorm warning in the area Thursday evening.

The incident took place on Table Rock Lake near Branson. Divers are on scene, officials said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.