A total of three men faced 63 crimes Between them is related to the sinking of a tourist boat in Missouri in 2018 that left 17 people dead.
The tragedy occurred at the Ride the Ducks attraction in Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri WXIX-TV. Duck boats were an improved means of transport during World War II to take tourists around on land and in water.
Captain Kenneth Scott McKee, superintendent Curtis Lanham, and chief of staff Charles Baltzell have been charged.
McKee, 54, faces 29 counts, including 17 counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and 12 counts of endangering a child. Baltzell, 79, and Lanham, 39, each face 17 counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter.
Nine members of one The Indianapolis family among those who died.
Tia Coleman, a member of that family and who has lost her husband and three children, said “her prayers have been answered” now that charges have been filed, according to washington articles.
“I very much hope that we are one step closer to justice for all those who lost their lives and to prevent what happened to them from happening again,” Coleman said.
“The victims deserve justice,” said Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
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According to one statement of probable cause from MSgt. Mark Green of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the boat sank “into Table Rock Lake shortly before 1900 hours, during a severe thunderstorm warning, issued by the National Weather Service for the area at 18 hours 32 minutes. The National Weather Service and media outlets have forecast the possibility of severe weather throughout the day. “
The boat sank in about 50 feet of water while heading to the coast, the statement said.
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“Captain McKee failed to discharge his duties and responsibilities as a Licensed Captain, entering the lake during a severe thunderstorm warning. He did not follow a policy or training guideline where he did not let passengers carry personal flotation devices when the Stretch Duck 7 was exposed to water,” Green’s statement said.
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Baltzell, whose duties “included monitoring the weather and communicating with Duck vehicles about impending weather,” was charged because he “did not perform these duties on the day of the incident.” , which had a contributing factor to the incident and subsequent deaths,” the statement said.
Lanham, the ride’s general operations officer, “was unable to shut down Ride the Ducks as severe weather approached, including lightning, heavy rain and high winds. These actions contributed to the incident and subsequent deaths,” the statement said.
Ripley Entertainment, the company that owns the vehicle, has settled 31 lawsuits related to the tragedy.
Federal charges related to the tragedy were filed, but were recently dismissed by a judge who said it lacked jurisdiction.
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