Rescue personnel work after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media.
Dive teams from a number of law enforcement agencies were assisting in the effort, but the sheriff said the divers ended their search for the night. Local weather stations reported wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour at the time, Fox 4 reported.
Radar said the boat capsized and it is believed to be due to the weather.
Rader said an off-duty sheriff's deputy was working security at the scene and helped rescue survivors.
"We have eight confirmed fatalities", said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.
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"The Ducks have a ramp access where they put in, and when the wind hit it pushed the boat right square behind the Branson Belle".
He said seven people are being treated for injuries, and the other 16 people are missing.
Winds of up to 60mph were generated by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled over the area.
She could not confirm how many crew members were aboard the boat. Most are surplus military vehicles originally built for use during World War II and the Korean War and heavily modified to carry passengers on land and sea tours.
"In Seattle, after five college students were killed in a 2015 duck boat collision with a bus, the company pulled half its fleet out of service", the report noted.