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The image from Table Rock Lake that onlookers say they will never forget is the heads, one after another, bobbing in the dark water.

One would pop up on the surface and then disappear.

As a boat packed with tourists capsized during a storm in a popular summertime region of southern Missouri, Table Rock Lake played host to a desperate struggle for survival.

Fishermen and other tourists in passing boats and on docks tried to pull people up, and some tried to administer C.P.R. People raced to throw life jackets out, but the unstopping wind seemed to toss the jackets back.

“It was a nightmare,” said Ron Folsom, a tourist from Fort Smith, Ark. With all the wind, he said, “all you could hear was squeals and screams and hollering.”

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