Duck boat business settles first lawsuit from Branson accident

The owner of the duck boat that sank on Table Rock Lake in July, killing 17 people, has settled the first lawsuit stemming from the accident.

William Bright, 65, and Janice Bright, 63, from Higginsville, died when the boat sank amid stormy conditions on July 19. The Bright’s three daughters filed a lawsuit later that month, alleging that four plaintiffs were negligent in their parents’ deaths.

The lawsuit named Ride the Ducks International LLC; Ripley Entertainment Inc., which owns the Branson Ride the Ducks; the vessel’s captain, Kenneth Scott McKee; and its land driver, Robert Williams, who died in the accident.

Attorneys for the daughters said terms of the settlement, finalized Thursday night, were confidential.

The family’s suit was one of several involving the accident that have been filed in federal courts.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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