Missouri boat captain charged with negligence in fatal incident
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Prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against the captain of a tourist boat that sank in Missouri earlier this year, killing 17 people.

Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, has been charged with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death, The Associated Press reported.

McKee was the captain of a duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., after a severe storm rolled into the area and created dangerous conditions.


Prosecutors allege McKee did not properly assess the weather when taking the boat out, did not tell passengers to put on flotation devices and did not prepare passengers to abandon ship as conditions became untenable.

In August, the U.S. Coast Guard found probable cause that McKee's misconduct or negligence led to the accident.

Nine members of one family were among the 17 killed. Relatives of that family filed a lawsuit following the incident that named Ripley Entertainment Inc., Ride the Ducks Branson and Herschend Family Entertainment as defendants.

Several additional lawsuits have been fired by the family members of other victims, the AP reported.