Tour boat captain indicted in deadly sinking
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.