Charges filed against duck boat cap­tain

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - 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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