MISSOURI: At least 17 people were killed after an amphibious tour boat carrying 31 people capsized on Table Rock Lake near Branson town in Missouri.
The 'Ride the Ducks' boat tipped over when strong winds and large waves swept through the area, as a result killing the driver as well, CNN reported.
Rescue authorities fished out the bodies from the lake and the age range of the deceased varies from one year to 70 years.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Branson at around 6:30 p.m on (Friday local time), about 30 minutes before the boat capsized.
There were several reports of trees falling down and structural damage, with winds reaching a high of 63 mph.
Missouri Governor Michael Parson said that nine members of a family were killed in the tragedy. He also met with first responders, survivors and the victims of the families killed in the mishap.
He stated that there was a forecast of severe storms for southeast Missouri on Friday, while also issuing a warning to residents to take preventive actions and follow weather bulletin reports.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said that the boat was at the bottom of the lake and is likely to be recovered by Monday.
US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to those killed in the tragedy.
He tweeted, "My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!"
Meanwhile, the White House condemned the incident and said in a statement, "President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump extend their deepest sympathies to all those affected by yesterday's boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Tragically, a tourism boat sank during a storm while out on the lake, killing 17 people and injuring several others."
"Our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. We are thankful for the brave first responders and dive crews, whose quick and decisive actions have saved many lives, and we continue to pray for their safety as their search, rescue, and recovery operations continue. Since the incident occurred, the Administration has been in contact with Governor (Mike) Parson and other state and local officials, and the President will continue to monitor and receive regular updates on the situation," the statement added.