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Gov. Parson: Right now is just a time for thoughts and prayers

Missouri Governor Mike Parson alongside Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader addressed media Friday afternoon in a news conference regarding a boat capsizing on Table Rock Lake. (KATV)

Missouri Governor Mike Parson alongside Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader addressed media Friday afternoon in a news conference regarding a boat capsizing on Table Rock Lake.

"It's been a long night and a very trying night," the sheriff said.

The Western Taney County Fire dive team worked up until about 11:30 p.m. Thursday searching for people, according to a Stone County Sheriff's Office news release. The Highway Patrol dive team took over search and rescue operations Friday morning. Sheriff Rader said the incident is an ongoing investigation.

The Stone County Sheriff Department have confirmed 17 people are dead, 14 survived including the seven people injured.

"The captain survived, the driver did not," Rader said.

Before the sheriff took questions from the media, Gov. Parson addressed the crowd.

"I want for all Missourians to know that our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims in this tragic event that's occurred down here," he said.

He thanked first responders for their continued rescue efforts, saying they were still trying to uncover details leading to the events.

"I know the Coast Guard is here, there's multiple agencies that have come together to try to help with this tragic accident event to bring some sort of conclusion to it."

Parson ordered all flags at state and government offices to be at half-staff until July 27 to honor the victims of the boating incident.

"We as a state will do everything within my power to make sure they all have the resources here they need to come to a conclusion on this incident and to finish with the investigation of this tragedy," Parson said.

"Until this investigation is completed I don't think it's my place or anyone's place to speculate," Parson said.

"Today, it's still early."

The sheriff followed Parson's address to relay details regarding the incident.

He said the first call came in at 7:09 p.m. about a boat going underwater.

Rader mentioned life jackets were on the boat but authorities are unsure if occupants wore the life jackets.

The sheriff said a few people were involved in the initial rescue.

"I had a Stone County deputy that was on the Branson Bell doing off-duty security. He was involved in the rescue."

"There were employees of the Branson Bell that jumped in and helped and there were even passengers that were getting on Branson Bell that assisted," he added.

Rader said the Highway Patrol located the boat and authorities planned to recover it sometime Friday. The sheriff said the boat is under about 80 feet of water.

"It landed in about 40-feet of water and rolled into 80 feet of water on its wheels."

The Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are all working to come to a conclusion. Rader asked for the public's assistance in this endeavor.

"We would like to retrieve any videos that we can of the incident that happened for our investigation," he said. They're accepting files via their Facebook Page and at their office.

Table Rock Lake was open to the public Friday.

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