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Charges were filed Thursday against two employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on the Missouri lake in the to the extreme weather conditions of this past summer, the deaths of 17 people, including nine members of the same family, federal officials announced.
Curtis Lanham, the general manager of Ride the Ducks Branson; and Charles Baltzell, operations supervisor, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday and will be faced with acts of misconduct and negligence charges, according to the U.s. attorney’s office. The 47-count indictment has been opened and made public on Thursday, after their initial in the court room.
The captain of the duck boat, it sank, Kenneth Scott McKee, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November, and is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer results in the death of.
SUNKEN DUCK BOAT WAS INCREASED BY THE CHURCH FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER 17 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN
McKee, 51, was accused of not properly assessing the weather after the boat was out on the lake in the vicinity of the tourist town of Branson and are said to be, is to fail to tell the passengers to put on a flotation device when conditions have deteriorated.
The amphibious vehicle has entered the Table Rock Lake, near Branson, on July 19, 2018, even though there were bad weather warnings. The people on board the Missouri, arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, and Arkansas, were killed.
With three young children, and the husband of Tia Coleman, who was on vacation from Indiana, has passed away. The other people in the lives of two couples from the Church; an Illinois woman who died while trying to save her son’s life; and be a Present father and of the son, and the retired pastor who was the boat’s operator in the country.
Some of the processes that are registered in the name of the victims and their next of kin.
Baltzell, 76, of Kirbyville, was on the duck boat prior to departure and will be directed McKee to control the behavior of the water part of the trip to the country to tour due to the impending storm, the indictment stated, adding that at no point after that did the Baltzell, or Lanham to communicate with McKee about the increasing intensity of storms, including wind gusts of 70 mph were predicted.
The vessel’s certificate of inspection issued by the coast guard in 2017, the requirements and restrictions on when it could be out on the water. She stated that the boat must not be used for waterborne,” when the wind exceeded 35 mph, and/or wave heights greater than 2 metres.
According to the indictment, Baltzell, who was in charge of the shipping of the boat, and while the tours were being held, it was not even on the same level as the radar display screen because he was doing the closing duties.
Lanham, 36, was also charged in the complaint, it does not make the program and the policy for the monitoring of severe weather events, and allegedly allowed others, who will be responsible for the supervision of, the weather is going to be distracted by other tasks.
BRANSON DUCK BOAT OPERATOR WAS WARNED BY AN ANGEL IN 2017, THE THREATS, SAID POLICE INSPECTOR
The indictment said Lanham helped to create an environment “in which the concern for profits is overshadowed by the concern for safety and security.”
In July 2018, a mechanical inspector, told Fox News he said the company is on a massive design flaws and dangerous, safety and security for nearly a year before the disaster.
He told me that he had sent the company a 2-to 3-page fleet inspection report, as well as a 24-checklist for reports, and “as many as 20 pictures for each and every duck,” as he inspected it in August of 2017.
In the report, he said that the boats and motors — and the pump for removing the water out of their shells — that would be able to fail in a long time. In rough conditions, water in the exhaust system, and then into the engine, then cut it off. With the engine off, the pump will remove the water out of the hull, it would not work.
The Branson hotel was owned by Ripley Entertainment, at the time of the incident. Ripley Entertainment president Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said the company was co-operating with the investigation.
“We are committed to doing all we can to help and support the community Center and, as a result of this accident,” Smagala-Potts, said in a statement. “Whereas the Attorney of the United States of america has decided not to bring criminal charges as a result of the accident, and all of the people who are in charge are entitled to a strong presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We have and will continue to provide support for all of our employees in this process is to go forward.”
She said that the company has continued to work with the surviving victims and the next of kin of the dead, and have reached settlement agreements with a large number of individuals and families, and we will continue to work with other people.”
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The company has suspended operations of the boats after the sinking, and has recently opened as a replacement in the entertainment of attraction.
Fox News, Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.