The article says “The operator of a Branson, Missouri duck boat failed to heed a severe thunderstorm warning…” but the report mentions the company “Ride the Ducks”, and uses the term "operator to refer to the captain. I didn’t see anything about failure on the part of the operator/captain.
. Ride the Ducks did not effectively use all available weather information to monitor
the approaching severe weather and assess the risk it posed to its waterborne
5. Ride the Ducks should have suspended waterborne operations for the Stretch Duck 7
and the other last tours of the day in anticipation of imminent severe weather.
6. Ride the Ducks should have had specific guidance for the operations team to
determine when to suspend waterborne operations due to approaching severe weather
7. It is likely that the captain believed he could safely complete the waterborne portion
of the tour before the thunderstorm arrived.
8. The captain’s decision to head toward the exit ramp when encountering the severe
weather was appropriate.
The other notable item is according to the report the water initially entered the boat from the engine air intake
Initial water ingress to the Stretch Duck 7 was likely from waves rolling over the air
intake hatch’s spring-loaded damper and intermittently opening it, thereby allowing
water into the engine compartment.