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Duck Boat Tour Operator sued for $100M (Atty: "Ban Duck Boats once and for all."
GCaptain ^ | 7/30/18 | D. Kruzman

Posted on 07/31/2018 6:41:26 AM PDT by golux

...The boats, modeled on the amphibious landing craft used in the D-Day invasion, have a checkered history including more than three dozen fatalities on water and land, including the Branson sinking, according to the complaint.

“This tragedy was the predictable and predicted result of decades of unacceptable, greed-driven, and willful ignorance of safety by the Duck Boat industry in the face of specific and repeated warnings that their Duck Boats are death traps for passengers and pose grave danger to the public on water and on land,” the complaint said.

Robert Mongeluzzi, an attorney for the families, told a news conference, “The quest for justice includes doing everything within our power to ban duck boats once and for all,” according to a statement.

Mongeluzzi represented the families of two people killed when a duck boat crashed into a barge and sank in Philadelphia in 2010, winning a $17 million settlement.

Seven other members of Coleman and Ly’s families were killed in the incident, and Mongeluzzi’s law firm said in the statement that its lawyers plan to file lawsuits on behalf of other victims.

Ripley Entertainment declined comment on the lawsuit, but said it was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

The suit alleges that Ride the Ducks endangered passengers by letting the boat out onto the water after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area, and that passengers were not told to put on life jackets. It also cites a 2017 report from a private inspector who concluded that duck boats were prone to engine failure in bad weather...

(Excerpt) Read more at gcaptain.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: duckboats; lawsuit; marine; tortreform; tourism; wwii
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1 posted on 07/31/2018 6:41:26 AM PDT by golux
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To: golux

Wear your life jacket.


2 posted on 07/31/2018 6:43:19 AM PDT by Paladin2 (no spelchek, no problem...)
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To: golux

Slimy, ambulance chasing vermin smells a big cash payout.


3 posted on 07/31/2018 6:44:24 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: golux

No, we need to ban thunderstorms.


4 posted on 07/31/2018 6:49:12 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Paladin2

A life jacket would not do much good if the boat sinks quickly in a squall. The hard roof actually traps passengers inside — even if they have life jackets on.


5 posted on 07/31/2018 6:50:42 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them ... like Russians will.")
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To: Skooz

Sometimes it takes slimy ambulance chasers to end folly (despite the overkill) if those of sense won’t.

The duck boat is a dangerous design. It should be costly to insure. I could see modifications like duck boats with tops that pop off in case of mishaps.


6 posted on 07/31/2018 6:51:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: golux

Ban ambulance chasers.


7 posted on 07/31/2018 6:53:24 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard ( Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: PGR88

How about banning those who would take a duck boat full of people into one?


8 posted on 07/31/2018 6:53:43 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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IMO, the aggrieved plaintiffs have a legitimate claim that will be limited to whatever value can be placed on the company, I’m certain they are an independent contractor, and the face value of the insurance they carry. There isn’t a $100 million here; maybe $5 million (+/-)


9 posted on 07/31/2018 6:53:58 AM PDT by JonPreston
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To: Paladin2

“Wear your life jacket.”

Not inside a Duck boat where all you would do is float to the top and get trapped.


10 posted on 07/31/2018 6:53:59 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Paladin2

Any captain with any experience, the second a storm was in the area, would have called for all passengers to put on life jackets.


11 posted on 07/31/2018 6:55:16 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: golux

Some of my most enjoyable tours of places I have visited briefly have been duck tours.

Now one greedy ahole will take them away from everyone.


12 posted on 07/31/2018 6:56:35 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Trump is such a liar. He said we'd be tired from all this winning" (/dfwgator 7/27/18))
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To: CodeToad

All duck boats used for public rides ought to have poppable tops. It’s like if your car goes into a lake, it’s easier to get out if it was an open convertible.


13 posted on 07/31/2018 6:57:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: freedumb2003

No! Just modify the boats to have poppable tops.


14 posted on 07/31/2018 6:58:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: golux

(Atty: “Ban Duck Boats once and for all.”


This is what a litigious society gets us. It’s not just a bunch of lawsuits. Activities get nanny-state-banned.

What’s next? Skydiving, skiing, surfing, scuba diving? I mean, someone could get hurt.


15 posted on 07/31/2018 7:03:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Alberta's Child

BS argument.


16 posted on 07/31/2018 7:05:04 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The duck boat is a dangerous design.


Compared to what? How many people rode in duck boats the last 30 years vs how many people have been killed in mishaps?

I don’t think they are that dangerous. And they are definitely saver than a Harley Davidson on most roads, even with a helmet. And no, I don’t think we should ban motorcycles.

Life is risk. At least, it is if it’s worth living.


17 posted on 07/31/2018 7:05:20 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>>No! Just modify the boats to have poppable tops.<<

Maybe but the insurance companies won’t go for it without a TON of tests, etc. And all the ducks (which are old WW II craft) will have to be retrofitted to industry standards, which will be expensive.

This will kill the duck industry.


18 posted on 07/31/2018 7:05:57 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Trump is such a liar. He said we'd be tired from all this winning" (/dfwgator 7/27/18))
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To: CodeToad
Already having your life jacket on would allow for you to work on escaping from the duck boat as soon as needed. Not having one on means that you have to take critical moments to put on the life jacket while sinking, or jump directly into the water and waves. It's a lot easier to put on a life jacket when it's not yet needed.

The duck boat roof is still a problem though.

19 posted on 07/31/2018 7:06:45 AM PDT by kaboom
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To: golux

This is why we can’t have nice things.


20 posted on 07/31/2018 7:12:08 AM PDT by Kozak (DIVERSITY+PROXIMITY=CONFLICT)
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