NEAR BRANSON, MO- Cars still parked outside “Ride the Ducks” are being turned into makeshift memorials.
Seventeen people, including several children, lost their lives, as a popular tourist attraction took a horrifying turn in Missouri Thursday.
A “Ride the Ducks Branson” tourist boat capsized and sank around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Table Rock Lake is located near Branson.
This happened as a severe thunderstorm moved through the area.
There were 31 people on board at the time, 29 passengers and two crew members.
Thursday night, authorities reported 11 people had been killed, that number grew as search efforts continued Friday morning.
Authorities say the victims ranged in age from one to 70.
We’re told there were life jackets on board, but it’s unclear of how many people were life jackets on board, but it’s unclear how many people were actually wearing them.
Authorities say winds more than 60 miles an hour caused massive waves on a normally calm lake.
On Friday evening, tow trucks have started towing cars of what appear to belong to people who were either injured or killed in the duck boat accident Thursday.
Family, friends and strangers from out of town placed flowers, cards and balloons on cars that appear to not have moved since the tragedy less than 24 hours ago.
A couple from Russellville says his family had planned to go out on the duck boat that sank.
“It’s a tragedy,” says John McDaniel, who was planning to go out on the duck boat. “I can’t. It’s hard to talk about that, to imagine all these people being killed, but we came. This was our intention to go on that, but something just told us not to.”
Tamala Creighton from Hampton is in Branson for her daughter’s softball tournament. She and her family decided to drop off roses on Friday.
“To show people do care,” says Creighton. “Even though that we don’t know you and have never known you, but we do have a heart and we care. Never know when something like this may hit home.”
We are not releasing the names of the victims yet, out of respect to the families.