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A duck boat accident in Missouri Thursday that left 17 people dead is one of several fatal tragedies involving duck boats since 1999.
At least 41 people have died in six duck boat incidents in the U.S. and Canada in the past 20 years. Causes include distracted driving as well as unavoidable “blind spots” for drivers because of the vehicle’s design, reported the Springfield News-Leader.
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Some of the accidents have happened with boats manufactured by Ride the Ducks International, the same Branson, Missouri, company that operated the duck boat that capsized because of a storm Thursday.
Duck boats accidents happen on land, too. The vehicles are engineered to be amphibious — able to navigate both land and sea to help tourists get to know a city. But unfortunately, not all duck boat tours have ended on such a happy note.
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The duck boat accident that affected the most people happened in Seattle in 2015 when a duck boat crashed into a bus, killing five bus passengers and injuring 69 people. The company operating the tour had been using World War II-era parts and was fined $500,000 because of the incident, reported the Springfield News-Leader in 2016.
A woman crossing a Philadelphia street was hit and killed by a duck boat in 2015, reported the Springfield News-Leader. The duck boat operator was affiliated with Ride the Ducks in Branson, the company running the tour that turned fatal on Thursday. This affiliate of Ride the Ducks stopped its duck boat tours in 2016.
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Thirteen people died when the duck boat “Miss Majesty” sank in a lake in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1999, reported KARK. A mechanical malfunction made the boat go down after seven minutes in the water, trapping all but a few people under its canopy roof as it continued to sink.
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