ST. LOUIS – A certificate of inspection for the Missouri tourist ship that sank last month, killing 17 people, shows that it is on the lake, in a time when the wind speed far above the allowable limits.
The coast guard on Wednesday announced that it has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation into the accident with a Ride the Ducks of Branson boat. The ship sank 19 July at Table Rock Lake.
The lake was calm when the excursion started, but the weather is violent and the boat sank within a few minutes.
The coast guard certificate of inspection issued in 2017 prohibited the boat is on the water if winds more than 35 mph or the height of the waves higher than 2 metres.
The researchers said the wind speed at the time of the accident was more than 70 mph.