Grand jury indicts captain of duck boat that sank, killed 17

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced Kenneth Scott McKee, the captain of the duck boat which capsized on Table Rock Lake, was indicted with 17 charges of misconduct and negligence. (KCTV)

A grand jury has indicted the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine from an Indiana family.

Tim Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Kenneth Scott McKee was indicted with 17 charges of misconduct and negligence, one count for each of the 17 people who died in the boating accident on Table Rock Lake.

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Garrison said the allegations against McKee have often been referred to as "seaman's manslaughter."

“Our entire community was shocked and saddened by the loss of 17 lives in this tragic event last summer,” Garrison said. “Today’s indictment alleges that the misconduct, negligence and inattention to duty by the ship’s captain caused or contributed to the loss of those lives.

Garrison also said the indictment alleged McKee operated the boat in unsafe conditions and failed to ensure the safety of the passengers, even after the alarms went off twice.

A conviction of the indictments carry up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Garrison said.

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