BRANSON, Mo. (KMOV.com/AP) – The captain of the Duck Boat that capsized and sank in Table Rock Lake in July, killing 17 people, has been indicted.
Kenneth Scott McKee was navigating Stretch Duck 7 when the fatal incident occurred. A federal grand jury indicted the 51-year-old on 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer, resulting in death.
According to the indictment, McKee failed to assess incoming weather. He also failed to raise side curtains, instruct passengers to put on life vests, and increase speed to head to the nearest shore when severe weather arrived, the court document states.
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."