Coast Guard Inspection says Wind Speed Limit for Duck Boats was 35 mph


BRANSON, Mo-  An inspection done by the Coast Guard has detailed a wind limit that was set for the Duck Boats and other vessels on Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. 

The inspection was certified in February of 2017 and will expire in February of 2022.

In the inspection says, “Vessel shall not be operated waterborne when winds exceed thirty-five (35) miles per hour, and/or the wave height exceeds two (2) feet.” 

At the time of the incident wind speeds on Table Rock Lake were up to 60-65 mph. 

Other details outlined in the inspection include the number of lifevests needed onboard the boat when it goes waterborne. It also gives a maximum number of people legally allowed onboard the boat, which is a total of 38.

The U.S. Coast Guard has convened a formal Marine Board Investigation (MBI) that consists of five members who investigate all aspects of the accident including but not limited  to the pre-accident historical events relating to the accident, the regulatory compliance of the boat, crew member duties and qualifications, weather conditions and reporting, and Coast Guard oversight.

Captain Wayne Arguin, chairman of the Marine Board of Investigation says, “Our hearts go out to the victims as well as the families and friends that have been impacted by this terrible tragedy that occurred in Branson.”

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