Duck Boat Company Violated Inspection Terms According to Coast Guard Documents
St. Louis, MO- According abc6onyourside.com, a certificate of inspection for the duck boat that capsized indicated that the wind speed on Table Rock Lake was far higher than permittable limits when the Missouri Tourist boat tragically sank on July 19, 2018, killing 17 people.*
The accident sparked a formal Coast Guard investigation. Reports indicate that when the Ride the Ducks of Branson, MO took off on its excursion, the water was calm, but that within minutes, a violent storm hit the lake and the boat sank.
In 2017, the Coast Guard issued a certificate of inspection that states that the boat could not be on the water when the wind speed exceeded 35 miles per hour or when waves of more than 2 feet high were occurring on the lake. When the vessel capsized, the recorded wind speed was over 70 miles per hour.
Duck boats, which are able to travel on land and in the water, have been involved in other major accidents in the past. The government has issued a number of warnings about the amphibious vehicles for two decades. These vessels are regulated by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, and the Coast Guard. Rather than making duck boats safer, having to be overseen by two agencies leads to conflicting regulations and sometimes a lack of oversight.
Two potential problems with duck boats include the canopies, which can trap people under them in the water, and seatbelts, which should be used on land, but not in the water. Dozens of fatalities have been reported in duck boat accidents over the last 20 years.
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