Ride the Ducks company has history of incidents

2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 2:06:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
By: Siena DeBolt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

BRANSON - The recent boat incident that killed 11 and injured seven in Branson isn't the first time Ride the Ducks has dealt with fatal accidents. 

According to the Ripley Entertainment website, Ride the Ducks Branson used to be owned by the national Ride the Ducks company until it was purchased by Ripley Entertainment in December of 2017. 

A 2016 article by The Inquirer details reports of fatal incidents with the national company that date back to 2010. 

In 2010, two people died on the Delaware River when one of the boats was run over by a barge.

In a 2015 incident, a woman was killed when one of the amphibious boats struck her near the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

That same year, an additional crash with a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle killed five passengers. 

The national Ride the Ducks website is no longer available. 

Ripley Entertainment Public Relations Manager Suzanne Smagala-Potts sent a press release on Friday morning:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred this evening at Ride The Ducks Branson. This incident has deeply affected all of us. We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue.

The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. We will provide updates as we have additional, confirmed information to share.”

[Editor's note: KOMU.com is updating this story to include all incoming information.]

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