07:27 GMT24 November 2020
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    At least 11 people have died and 7 injured as an amphibious vehicle capsized on a lake in Missouri with more than 30 people on board, local media reported.

    "We did have a severe thunderstorm, not sure if that is the contributing factor," Southern Stone County Fire Protection spokesman Eric Nielsen was quoted as saying by KTXL-TV broadcaster. "There is a lot of storm debris," Nielsen added.

    According to NBC News, at least eight people were killed and many more remained unaccounted for when a tourist boat capsized and sank during high winds on a Missouri lake. The incident reportedly occured at 7 p.m. local time as severe storms generating winds up to 60 mph buffeted Table Rock Lake.

    "It will be a challenging night and into tomorrow," Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader was quoted as saying by NBC News, adding that at least seven people were being treated at local hospitals.

    Meanwhile, a duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake in Missouri during a severe thunderstorm, killing at least 11 people, some of them children, CNN reported, citing local authotities.

    Stone County Sheriff also said that divers were on the scene from various agencies are still scouring the waters for potential victims. According to Reuters, "Ride the Ducks", a company in Branson, Missouri that operates duck vehicles in the area, did not immediately comment on the incident.

    Amphibious vehicles have been reportedly involved in a number of fatal incidents around the the world in the past years, with some of them sinking or being swamped, or colliding with other vehicles.


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