Tour boat cap­tain in­dicted in deadly sink­ing

The Herald Sun - - Nation -

The cap­tain of a tourist boat that sank in a south­west Mis­souri lake and killed 17 peo­ple, in­clud­ing nine mem­bers of one fam­ily, didn’t tell pas­sen­gers to put on flota­tion de­vices or pre­pare them to aban­don ship, even af­ter waves crashed into the boat dur­ing a se­vere storm, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral in­dict­ment re­leased Thurs­day.

The in­dict­ment shows Ken­neth Scott McKee, 51, faces 17 counts of mis­con­duct, neg­li­gence or inat­ten­tion to duty by a ship’s of­fi­cer re­sult­ing in death. The duck boat sank dur­ing a storm in July. McKee also is ac­cused of fail­ing to prop­erly as­sess the weather.

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