Missouri Senator aims to prevent another duck boat tragedy

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Preventing another tragedy, that’s the goal of a new bill from one of Missouri’s senators.

In July, 17 people died when a “Ride the Ducks” boat sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake.

Senator Josh Hawley says we’re overdue for a change.

“It’s time that we put into place these security measures,” Hawley said. “They’ve been recommended for years. Congress should act right now to do it. “

The act he’s introduced asks the US Coast Guard to require vessels like Duck Boats to be better protected against flooding.

It also asks that those vessels remove canopies, install pumps and that operators require the use of life jackets.

“They’ve got to conduct more safety inspections, including inspections every time before a ride begins,” Hawley said. “And here’s the bottom line– if the Duck Boat operators and owners under my bill, if they’re not willing to do that, they can’t go out on the water, they can’t operate the ride at all.  “

The bill would also limit the weather conditions that amphibious passenger vessels can operate under.

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