Georgia Duck Boat Rides Reopens After Thorough Inspections
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA- Duck boats, nearly identical to the one that capsized ten days ago during a hellacious storm in Branson Missouri, are ready to ride again at Stone Mountain Park according to the USA TODAY. Park operators closed the attraction known as "Ride the Ducks" since that tragedy in Branson which killed 17 people, including nine family members from Indianapolis, IN. Stone Mountain officials say that their ride is safe.*
Stone Mountain — an amusement park based on Civil War remembrances — is approximately 15 miles northeast of Atlanta. Park officials reiterated that they have thoroughly inspected their duck boat ride and employ the best practices in the amusement park industry to ensure rider safety. Additionally, Stone Mountain provides comprehensive training to its employees who operate the World War II relics. Furthermore, Stone Mountain Park hires an outside consultant to audit their safety practices and training regimens to make certain all of the park's rides are safe.
The relatives of the Indianapolis family lost in Branson filed a $100 million lawsuit against the Missouri duck boat operators called "Ride the Ducks Branson." The wrongful death lawsuit claims that duck boats are not suited for travel in turbulent water because they are prone to sink due to a design flaw in anything but calm waters. The Table Rock Lake was anything but calm when a freak thunderstorm whipped the lake into a frenzy and capsizing the Duck Boat leading to 17 tragic deaths.
Although Stone Mountain closed their ride for inspection after the horrible disaster in Branson, other duck boat tour companies across the U.S. did not shut down operations. Duck tours in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Miami, Mobile, Alabama, San Diego, and Wisconsin Dells kept running after the Branson accident. The USA Today reported that these tours tout the ability to proceed in rain or sunshine, however, they will not proceed into the water if the water is choppy or the weather is highly inclement.
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