The Latest: Survivor grateful for indictment in boat sinking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on federal charges filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank in July, killing 17 people (all times local):
An Indianapolis woman who lost her husband, three children and five other relatives when a tourist boat sank in Missouri says she’s grateful that prosecutors have filed charges in the case.
Tia Coleman’s family members were among 17 people who died after an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson during a sudden storm in July. Coleman was among 14 survivors.
An indictment released Thursday charges the boat’s captain, Kenneth Scott McKee, with 17 counts related to the deaths. Other victims were from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.
Coleman released a statement saying nothing can ease the grief in her heart, but that she appreciates federal prosecutors are “fighting for justice” and holding people responsible for the tragedy.
An attorney representing the Coleman family and several other victims says he’s confident the investigation will go beyond McKee.
Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family.
A federal indictment released Thursday charges 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer, resulting in death.
The deaths occurred July 19 when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson after a sudden and severe storm rolled into southwest Missouri. The indictment alleges McKee didn’t properly assess the weather.
The dead also included people from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois, and five were children.
The company that operated the boats, Ripley Entertainment, suspended the operation after the accident.
The U.S. Coast Guard said in August that it found probable cause the accident resulted from McKee’s “misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties.”