.The horrific duck boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people and injured 14 others sent shockwaves across the nation.
As mourners and people who feel bad for this tragedy placed flour arrangements on the victims’ cars in the Ride the Ducks parking lot, authorities continue to look into the accident.
According to officials, the duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake on Thursday.
After the tragedy, local Washington reporters reached out to Ride the Ducks Seattle for information. They wanted to know what the company plans to do to avoid this type of accident.
In a statement, Ride the Ducks Seattle offered condolences while distancing itself from the Missouri group. The company said they are not affiliated. They added that their staff follow “strict protocol” and that its Coast Guard-inspected Ducks only go on water when weather conditions are favorable.
The company added that its own protocol is more stringent than the rules imposed by the U.S. Coast Guard. When the weather could pose a risk to customers, the company stated, then it either eliminates the water portion of the tour or changes the route.
Despite the horrific accident, reporters claim that tourists reading to go on a Ride the Ducks Seattle tour were not concerned.
All passengers go through safety briefings before the ride begins.
In 2015, a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle experienced mechanical issues, causing the pilot to lose control. The vehicle careened into a charter bus, killing at least five students.
As you can see, the Missouri accident isn’t the first in recent history. But we hope it is the last.
As authorities investigate this accident further, we hope they can soon reveal the real reason behind this accident so that other Ride the Duck companies across the country know what to avoid.