Skip to Content

Congress OKs new law on tourist boats after Missouri tragedy


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill requiring stricter safety rules in response to the 2018 deadly sinking of a tourist boat in Missouri is headed to President Joe Biden for his signature. The safety rules are part of a defense funding bill the Senate passed Thursday. The measure directs the U.S. Coast Guard to draft new requirements for amphibious vehicles, known as duck boats, including design changes to ensure the crafts stay upright. The Missouri tourist boat sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson and killed 17 people. The vessel flooded through an air intake hatch on the bow that was not weather tight. Riders from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas were killed. Fourteen people survived.

Article Topic Follows: AP National Business

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

Associated Press


KIFI Local News 8 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content