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Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17

Nov. 8, 2018 5:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in southwest Missouri and killed 17 people, including nine members of an Indiana family, didn't tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according...

The Latest: Charges against boat captain mark 'beginning'

Nov. 8, 2018 2:55 PM EST

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): 1:45 p.m. A prosecutor says the indictment of the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people marks "the beginning but not...

Powerful water pump removed from duck boat that sank

Nov. 5, 2018 4:59 PM EST

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Records show a water pump had been replaced with a less powerful system in a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The Kansas City Star reports that the original Higgins pump, which is capable of removing as much as 250 gallons of water per minute from the...

Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation

Oct. 16, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members. But Tia Coleman, an Indiana woman who...

The Latest: Lawyers blast legal move in fatal boat accident

Oct. 15, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuits over a July tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people (all times local): 10:35 p.m. A survivor of a July tourist boat accident that killed 17 people in Missouri and attorneys representing deceased family members are calling the latest legal...

Company wants some Missouri boat death lawsuits dropped

Oct. 1, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson asked a judge Monday to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people. Ripley Entertainment said in its motions that the boat's sinking on Table Rock Lake was...