A local prosecutor filed 63 felony criminal charges against three employees on Friday in connection with a tourist boat
accident on a Missouri
lake in July 2018 that killed 17 people
Charges were filed in Stone County against the captain, general manager, and manager on duty the day of the accident for the Ride the Ducks
attraction on Table Rock Lake
near the tourist destination of Branson.
County Prosecutor Matt Selby and Missouri Attorney General
Eric Schmitt both announced the charges.
The charges against Verona captain Kenneth Scott McKee, Galena general manager Curtis Lanham, and Kirbyville manager on duty Charles Baltzell came seven months after a federal judge
dismissed charges filed by federal prosecutors
, concluding that they lacked jurisdiction.
McKee is facing 29 charges, including 17 counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, according to an affidavit from a Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant, for failing to exercise
his duties as a licensed captain by driving
his amphibious vehicle onto the lake during a thunderstorm.
Baltzell and Lanham are both charged with 17 counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter for failing to communicate weather
conditions and failing to stop operations during a severe thunderstorm warning.
Nine members of one Indianapolis family
were killed, and others were killed in Missouri, Illinois
, and Arkansas