Early figures released by police claim at least 11 people have died and seven others were injured. "We have people out here taking pictures".
Divers suspended their search at 11.15pm local time and are scheduled to re-start in the morning. The Missouri Highway Patrol Dive Team began working to recover the missing bodies on Friday, according to Ozarks First.
Who are the victims of the duck boat accident? The names of those who were killed have not been released. If you cannot make it to city hall, you can call (417) 337-8515.
"Duck boats" are so named for their viability in the water or on land.
"We did have a severe thunderstorm", said Eric Nielsen, spokesman for Southern Stone County Fire Protection. The National Weather Service tweeted that wind gusts of 63 miles per hour were reported around 7:30 p.m.at Branson Airport.
These incidents led to crackdowns on these boats, and many duck boat companies scaled back their efforts.
Duck boats, which can travel on land and in water, have been involved in other deadly incidents in the past. Boaters and staff from the nearby Branson Belle rescued several.
'Ride the Ducks' boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake in Missouri
As a result of that incident, duck boat operators were forced to separate their responsibilities as both driver and tour guide - and blind spot cameras and proximity sensors became required. Boats can't get in.
In April 2015, a duck boat killed Allison Warmuth, 28, in Boston after it collided with her motor scooter. A speed boat can be seen driving up behind the duck boats. "Words can not convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking". We will provide updates as they are available. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority.
The sheriff wrote, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones".
A spokeswoman for the Cox Medical Centre Branson said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident.
"Were it not for grace of God, it couldve been me on the boat", he also said.
The sheriff said 31 people were on board in all. "There was actually a deputy on the boat".