Branson man, St. Louis, Kansas City couples identified as victims of the Ride the Ducks sinking

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leaving several people dead and several others hospitalized. (Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

NEAR BRANSON, Mo. -- We are beginning to learn more about the victims of the Ride the Ducks boat sinking on Table Rock Lake.

KSDK-TV reports the Stone County coroner confirmed the victims as William Asher, 69, and his girlfriend Rose Hamann. The couple is from the St. Louis area.

WDAF-TV in Kansas City reports William Bright, 65, and Janice Bright, 65, of Higginsville, Mo. died in the tragedy.

The governor confirmed nine other victims were from the same family from Indiana.

The boat's driver was also among those killed. The mayor identified the crew member operating the boat as Bob Williams, known informally as "Captain Bob."

"He was a great ambassador for Branson," Mayor Karen Best said. "He was at every event. He knew everyone. He was always promoting Branson."

The boat capsized Thursday evening when a thunderstorm hit the area and brought winds that approached near-hurricane speeds. It sank 80 feet down into Table Rock Lake. Twenty-nine passengers and two crew members were on the boat when it capsized.