KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first of several lawsuits has been settled by the company that owns the duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake earlier this year.
William Bright and his wife Janice, both of whom were in their 60’s were among the 17 people killed when the amphibious craft sank on Table Rock Lake as severe weather was rolling in.
Their three adult daughters and Ripley Entertainment finalized the settlement on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Kansas City Star. Terms of the settlement are not being released.
Also among the 17 killed were nine members of a family from Indianapolis. Surviving members of the Coleman family have also sued Ripley Entertainment.
A federal grand jury also indicted the boat’s captain, Kenneth McKee, this month. He is accused of several violations of federal law overseeing boat captains, including not properly assessing incoming weather before taking the boat out on water, failing to tell passengers to use flotation devices, and other violations.
The federal investigation is ongoing.
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