Our hearts broke last night for the 31 people aboard the duck boat that capsized and sank in Branson, Missouri. This is the 22nd reported water-related death on Missouri’s waterways since May; and it may be the deadliest ever. The duck boat was owned by Ride the Ducks, which is a national duck tour operator with locations across the country. This is not the first time Ride the Ducks has experienced a fatality accident.
In 1999, thirteen people died while on a tour of Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Arkansas when the duck boat suddenly took on water. More recently in 2015, a Ride the Ducks boat crashed into a charter bus in Seattle, Washington killing five college students. As the death toll rises so will our determination to continue advocating for those who are no longer with us.