‘Duck boat’ safety into question after the tragedy in Missouri

In this July 19, 2018 photo, rescuers work at the Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, missouri.

(Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader via AP)

A tourist boat tragedy on a Missouri lake Thursday night has brought renewed attention to the problem-plagued history of the so-called ” duck boats.”

At least 11 people, including children, drowned on Thursday when a “Ride the Ducks” boat with 31 passengers capsized on Table Rock Lake, less than 10 miles from the popular tourist destination of Branson, FOX 5 of the Ozarks reported.

At least five people were believed to be missing, and at least seven were hospitalized, according to reports.

“Duck boats” are so named because of their viability in the water or on land. The ships were first used during the second world War – perhaps the most famous during the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Since then have changed sightseeing vehicles by the tourism companies. But popularity has waned in recent years, after a series of accidents left the industry reeling.

In 2015, a company drawn from the half of the fleet of the service after any five students in Seattle were killed in a duck boat collision with a bus. In Philadelphia, the duck boat operator suspended his tour indefinitely after three people were killed in two separate accidents.

By the end of 2016, Massachusetts, approved a measure that a second employee – a person next to the driver, to tell, to tours, after a Boston Duck Tours driver hit and killed a woman, Insurance Journal reported.

Ten weeks after the woman was killed, a woman from New Jersey was seriously injured by a duck in a boat on a other Boston intersection.

Safety advocates have insisted for years on the introduction of new safety measures.

Critics say that the vehicles that are dangerous, because their design allows for plenty of blind spots for drivers, who sit 10 to 12 feet behind the bow, making it difficult to see directly below and in front of them.

Others say it’s too many bodies arrange duck boats, including the U. S. Coast Guard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and cities and states with different security requirements.

Suzanne Smagala with Ripley Entertainment, owner of Ride the Ducks in Branson, said Thursday the accident was the tour is the first in more than 40 years of operation.

But the fatalities are likely to renew calls for reform.

Authorities told the media late Thursday that rescue operations were stopped for the evening. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that the researchers would come on the scene Friday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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