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Old 07-30-2018, 03:18 PM   #81
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I suppose the company could throw the captain under the bus. "We're just business people, he's the professional mariner...he should have known better"

It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

what seems weird is the exit is at the stern....and the captain survived. Based on distance to the exit he is the most likely to die.
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Old 07-30-2018, 03:22 PM   #82
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Maybe there were enough escape routes that exiting the rear wasnt necessary.

The advantage of remaining calm and thinking.....
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:35 PM   #83
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Aparently the Coast Guard Inspection said the vehicle should not be operated in winds over 35 mph or seas greater than 2 feet. I suspect that will become a significant factor, because RTD could say they didn't expect 6 foot seas and 70+ mph winds as it seems those conditions are very rare......but 35 mph winds during a severe thunderstorm is pretty likely I would think.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:18 PM   #84
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Maybe there were enough escape routes that exiting the rear wasnt necessary.

The advantage of remaining calm and thinking.....
Were bodies found in the boat or did everybody get out and then drown?

The side curtains could be rolled up. Were they just hanging or were they fastened at the bottom?
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:57 AM   #85
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An update:

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.
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An update:

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!
Seemingly avoidable.

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"!!
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