NTSB Says that the Coast Guard Failed to Adopt Duck Boat Safety Recommendations
UNITED STATES – The likely cause of a boating accident that led to the tragic death of seventeen people in Missouri back in July of 2018 is likely due to the failure of the United States Coast Guard to adopt The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) safety regulations that have been in effect for twenty years, according to an online new report on WBUR.org.*
Seventeen of the thirty-one occupants of a passenger vehicle known as the Stretch Duck 7 tragically lost their lives when the vehicle sank during a high-wind storm on Table Rock Lake close to Branson, Missouri. The Stretch Duck 7 was a World War II vehicle known as a “DUKW” or “duck boat.” The vehicle was originally created as a military landing craft which was later modified to serve as a civilian tour boat.
According to the NTSB, back in 1999, an Arkansas duck boat crash led to the tragic death of nineteen individuals. As a result, the United States Coast Guard issued twenty-two recommendations for safety related to the watercraft. As of today, only nine have been enforced.
Some of the recommendations made by the NTSB focus on “the lack of reserve buoyancy” that is supposed to keep the watercraft afloat even if the watercraft becomes filled with water.
"The NTSB believes the failure to implement previous safety recommendations related to reserve buoyancy for DUKWs contributed to the sinking of the Stretch Duck 7," the agency said in a statement. Because some of the key witnesses from the 2018 accident have not been interviewed yet, the investigation still remains open.
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