Originally Posted by BandB
The USCG determined the deaths resulted from "misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties" by the captain. That is a federal criminal violation.
They're also looking into the conduct of the captain of the duck boat that made it back safely to determine if he violated the same law and into officials at the company that operates the duck boats. "Several agents/employees/officers of Ripley already have been notified that they are subjects and/or targets" according to a motion in the civil cases by the US government requesting they be allowed to talk to the witnesses and participants and conclude the criminal investigation and criminal proceedings before the civil discovery.
In addition, the state of Missouri is looking into criminal liability and the NTSB is still investigating the cause of the sinking.
Such an unfortunate crazy mess!
Aboard boat, my dad used to say: "When in doubt you may scream and shout... if weather seems too bad, For Christ Sake Don't Go Out"!!