At least eight people have died after a tourist boat carrying more than 30 people capsized on a lake in Missouri. Divers were called to the scene to search for the missing passengers.
"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", Pulley said.
The boat ended up sinking in the lake. Severe storms were moving through the area at the time. He said five people are unaccounted for and seven others were injured in Thursday night's incident on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
United States National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 101 kilometres per hour was measured at a nearby airport at around the same time.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed the death toll Thursday evening, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The winds were probably stronger over the lake, Linderberg said.
Winds of up to 60mph were generated by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled over the area.
The boat was owned and operated by Ride the Ducks Branson.
We will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.
The Stone Co. Fire Department issued a statement calling it a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved".
This is a developing story.