On Friday, July 19, a horrible accident took place in Branson, Missouri. Several tourists were on a duck boat that was overturned by swift winds. Tragically, 17 people lost their lives in the accident.
The sad news sent a wave of grief throughout the country. It was later revealed that shortly before the accident, the captain had told passengers that there was no need for them to wear life jackets.
Beyond that, reports emerged that the National Transportation Safety Board had recommended that all duck boat canopies be removed in 2002. However, the Branson operators ignored that request. Because of the canopies, the tourists were trapped inside.
Now, the news has been confirmed that the captain of the accident has been indicted for the passengers’ deaths. According to PEOPLE, 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee will be facing one charge of an “act of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty” for each victim.
An ongoing investigation revealed in August that the deaths were associated with McKee’s behavior. Sadly, 17 people were killed as a result.
At the time of the accident, the boating company said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride the Ducks Branson. This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved.”
Please continue praying for everyone who lost loved ones in this accident. What do you think about the captain’s charges? Let us know. In other recent news, Sarah Sanders just gave an epic response about being a Christian in the White House.