The live scanner audio above is from Stone County, Missouri, and was recorded on Thursday, July 19, when a duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake, carrying more than 30 people. It is believed that high winds in the area caused the boat to flip over, sending its passengers into the water.
Early reports indicated that six people were dead, but the Stone County Sheriff has since confirmed that a total of 17 people have been killed. Several others were taken to a nearby hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. Search and rescue efforts have been completed as all passengers on the boat have been accounted for.
“Need a water rescue. Will be north of the show boats. Will be a duck that has capsized. We have approximately 30 individuals in the water,” a dispatcher can be heard saying in the early scanner audio of the tragedy.
There’s a “duck with people in the water,” an officer also says in the audio. The situation was referred to as a “water rescue on Table Rock.” An officer can be heard saying, “It’s out on the lake. It’s flipped over, and there’s 30 people in the water.”
As previously reported by Heavy, there had been some severe weather in the area, including heavy rain and high winds with gusts topping 60 mph, at the time of the accident.
“Major wind causes major incident on Table Rock Lake, Branson. Ride the Ducks capsized, 30 people in the water. Other boater problems, Showboat Branson Bell Staging Area and State Park over six fatalities. Divers searching. Also other area damage,” the scanner audio caption on Broadcastify said.
There is additional audio feed, courtesy of Broadcastify, below.
To listen to the live audio scanner, click here.
“Sheriff Doug Rader reports the boat had 31 people on board. He tells KY3 News seven suffered injuries in the crash. Cox Medical Center reports two suffered critical injuries in the tragedy. Some of the 31 on board include children. Divers are on the scene searching for more possible victims. The sheriff says he does not know how many on the boat are missing. The sheriff is asking for any family missing someone to go to Branson City Hall. It remains a rescue and recovery mission. Investigators say the boat ended up sinking in the lake. It remains in the water. Boaters and staff from the nearby Branson Belle rescued several,” KY3 reports.