Updated July 20 at 4 p.m.
Seventeen people were confirmed dead as of Friday afternoon after a tourist duck boat capsized Thursday night in the midst of windy conditions on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
The Ride the Ducks boat sank with 31 people on board.
An additional seven people were injured, with one in serious condition as of Friday afternoon, according to a release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office.
Some people were able to swim to shore, according to reports.
A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the boat company, said Ride the Ducks knew of an incident involving one of its boats.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson,” spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said. a spokeswoman for Ride the Ducks Branson. “This incident has deeply affected all of us. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. We will provide updates as we have additional, confirmed information to share.”
Update July 20 at 4 p.m. – This story and its headline have been changed to reflected updated totals of casualties and survivors.