Stretch Duck 7 is loaded onto a flatbed trailer to be transported to a secure facility after being raised from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri on July 23. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff/Coast Guard)

NTSB Says Coast Guard Ignored Duck Boat Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a blistering report, says the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to adopt its safety recommendations, dating back 20 years, likely led to a Missouri boating accident that killed 17 people in July 2018.

The fatalities were among 31 passengers aboard an amphibious passenger vehicle called the Stretch Duck 7, which sank in a rapidly developing high-wind storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.

The Stretch Duck 7 was a modified World War II amphibious vehicle known as a “DUKW” or “duck boat.” The vehicle was originally designed as a military landing craft and then modified for civilian excursion tours.

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