A grand jury has indicted the captain of the duck boat that sank over the summer in Missouri, killing seventeen passengers.
The captain, 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee, now faces 17 counts of "misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death."
McKee also failed to assess weather conditions before and after the boat went into Table Rock Lake, and failed to tell passengers to put on life preservers or to prepare to abandon the duck boat as it began to sink.
One of the survivors, Tia Coleman, tragically lost her husband, her three children and five other family members died in the sinking. She released a statement yesterday saying she was pleased an indictment had been filed:
"While nothing can ever ease the grief in my heart, I am grateful that the U.S. Attorney's Office is fighting for justice for my family, and the other victims, and is committed to holding fully accountable all those responsible for this tragedy."