Charges filed against duck boat cap­tain

The Beacon Herald - - WORLD NEWS -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charges have been filed against the cap­tain of a Mis­souri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 peo­ple, in­clud­ing nine peo­ple from an In­di­ana fam­ily. A fed­eral in­dict­ment re­leased Thurs­day charges 51-year-old Ken­neth Scott Mc­Kee with 17 counts of mis­con­duct, neg­li­gence or inat­ten­tion to duty by a ship’s of­fi­cer, re­sult­ing in death.

The deaths oc­curred July 19 when an am­phibi­ous ves­sel known as a duck boat sank on Ta­ble Rock Lake near Bran­son, Mo., af­ter a sud­den and se­vere storm rolled into south­west Mis­souri. The in­dict­ment al­leges Mc­Kee didn’t prop­erly as­sess the weather.

The dead also in­cluded peo­ple from Mis­souri, Arkansas and Illi­nois, and five were chil­dren.

The com­pany that op­er­ated the boats, Ri­p­ley En­ter­tain­ment, sus­pended the oper­a­tion af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in Au­gust that it found prob­a­ble cause the ac­ci­dent re­sulted from Mc­Kee’s “mis­con­duct, neg­li­gence, or inat­ten­tion to the du­ties.”

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