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At least 11 people killed when tourist boat capsizes on Missouri lake

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Eleven people were dead, some of them children, seven others were injured and five remained missing after a land/water tourist boat with 31 people aboard capsized and sank during high winds on a Missouri lake, authorities said Thursday night.

The incident happened about 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) during severe storms on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.

"I believe it was caused by weather, yes," he said. NBC affiliate KYTV of Springfield reported that severe thunderstorms generating winds up to 60 mph were moving through the area at the time the Ride the Ducks boat encountered trouble.

Seven people were being treated at a hospital, one of them with severe but non-life-threatening injuries, Rader said. He said search diving operations were to resume Friday morning.

"It will be a challenging night and into tomorrow," he told reporters.

The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau said it was aware of the incident but referred all calls to local authorities. It asked for people's prayers, as did Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons.

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