Coast Guard: Duck boat violated inspection rules

KMBZ News Staff
August 01, 2018 - 2:56 pm
A screengrab from a video shot by Jenny Carr on July 19th, showing a duck boat fighting whitecaps in Table Rock Lake

Facebook/Jenny Carr


A certificate of inspection for the duck boat that sank last month in Table Rock Lake in Branson, killing 17 people, shows that it was on the lake at a time when the wind speed far exceeded allowable limits.

The Coast Guard has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation into the accident involving a Ride the Ducks of Branson boat.

The lake was calm when the excursion began July 19, but weather turned violent and the boat sank within minutes.

The Coast Guard's certificate of inspection issued in 2017 prohibited the boat from being on water if winds exceed 35 mph or wave height exceeds 2 feet.

Investigators said the wind speed at the time of the accident was more than 70 mph.

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