The captain of a duck boat that sank July 19, 2018 in Table Rock Lake that caused the deaths of 17 people has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tim Garrison announced a 17-count indictment against 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee.
“We are here today to announce the first criminal indictment related to the sinking of a vessel on Table Rock Lake in Southwest Missouri, relating to the tragic loss of 17 lives,” Garrison said.
“The captain of the vessel always has a duty to operate their vessel in a safe manner,” Garrison continued. “That is why Mr. McKee is under indictment this morning.”
The indictment claims that McKee entered the water when winds were far in excess of the 35 miles per hour limit set by the United States Coast Guard on the boat’s certificate of inspection. He also failed to instruct passengers to use personal flotation devices.
McKee could face 10 years in federal prison on each indictment if convicted.