Captain of Duck Boat sinking charged with Seaman’s Manslaughter

Captain of Duck Boat sinking charged with Seaman’s Manslaughter

Connected to this summers tragedy on Table Rock lake near Branson. Captain Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, was charged  with more than a dozen counts of misconduct, negligence, or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer, resulting in the death of another individual — also known as “seaman’s manslaughter”. The Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1115, holds ship officers, maritime vessel owners, and maritime corporate management criminally responsible for conduct that results in death on a vessel within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and within the general admiralty jurisdiction of the federal courts. Ship officers—”every captain, engineer, pilot or other person employed . . . on any vessel”—are accountable for “misconduct, negligence or inattention to . . . duties” that results in a loss of life. If convicted of Seaman’s Manslaughter, Captain McKee faces a maximum sentence of ten years and a $250,000 fine.



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