Judge Rules 1851 Law Does Not Apply To Duck Boat Sinking

A federal judge has ruled that an 1851 maritime law does not protect a company from making payments to the families of 17 people that drowned when a tourist duck boat sank in Table Rock Lake near Branson in July of 2018. After the boat sank, multiple lawsuits were filed against Ride the Ducks International, […]

National Transportation Board Says Coast Guard Ignored Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Coast Guard has repeatedly ignored safety recommendations that could have made the tourist duck boats safer and potentially prevented the deaths of 17 people in Branson. A “Safety Recommendation Report” was released today [Wednesday] on the July 2018 incident in which a Ride the Ducks of Branson boat […]

Duck Boats Will Not Run In Branson In 2019

The company that owns a duck boat that sank killing 17 people on Table Rock Lake last summer will not operate the boats in 2019. Ripley Entertainment has announced plans for a new attraction called Branson Top Op. The venue will include indoor laser tag and an interactive outdoor maze, and should be open for […]

Ripley Entertainment Settles Lawsuit

The company that owns the duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake near Branson in July killing 17 people has settled the first of several lawsuits filed in response to the accident. The children William and Janice Bright of Higginsville filed the suit soon after the July 19 accident. The terms of the agreement […]

Captain Of Fatal Duck Boat Capsize Indicted

The captain of the duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson last summer resulting in the deaths of 17 people was indicted by a grand jury today [Thursday] with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence, or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison alleges 51 year […]

Duck Boat Operators Push Back On Attorney General’s Lawsuit

The operators of a Duck Boat that sank on July 19, killing 17 people issued a rebuttal to a court filing from The Missouri Attorney General’s Office saying the accusations are “irresponsible” and “littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo.” The lawsuit alleges Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment violated the Missouri Consumer Protection law by […]

Duck Boat Survivor Files Lawsuit

Another lawsuit has been filed in connection with a fatal duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake in Branson on July 19. Tia Coleman, who survived the incident, lost her husband and three children when the boat capsized, filed the federal lawsuit. Coleman is asking that the owners of the amphibious vehicles stop manufacturing or […]

Coast Guard Finds Possible Negligence In Fatal Duck Boat Sinking

Federal Prosecutors said in court filings that the U.S. Coast Guard found probable cause that the captain of a duck boat that sank killing 17 people in Branson committed misconduct, negligence or was inattentive to his duties. In motions filed today, prosecutors asked the federal court based in Kansas City to delay the discovery process […]

Coast Guard Sends Duck Boat Case To Prosecutor

The U.S. Coast Guard has referred the investigation into a deadly sinking of a Duck Boat on Table Rock Lake on July 19 to federal prosecutors for possible criminal charges. The accident happened when a strong storm caused the boat to capsize. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into Ripley Entertainment.