The NTSB warned of the dangers of duck boat canopies in 2002

July 20, 2018 - 12:24 pm

A 2002 report from the National Transportation Safety Board shed light on the safety concerns of duck boats outfitted with canopies.

Focus has been renewed on the report following the death of 17 people in a duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

The duck boat that capsized in heavy waves and wind Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake also had a canopy.


The @NTSB warned about the canopies on duck boats nearly 20 years ago.

Their investigation concluded in the 1999 sinking a duck boat near Hot Springs, Ark., that the canopy contributed to a high loss of life.

13 were killed. Here's the full report:

— Matt Evans (@MattEvansKMBC) July 20, 2018


The sinking of the Miss Majestic on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Arkansas on May 1, 1999, had a canopy that prevented people from escaping when the boat started taking on water. Thirteen people died in that sinking.

Access the full report from the NTSB

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