>> The captain of a deck boat that sank on a Missouri lake in July was charged Thursday on 17 counts, one count for each passenger who died. 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is charged with misconduct, negligence, and inattention. The indictment states that McKee failed to properly assess the severe weather or instruct passengers to use personal flotation devices.
>> Mr McKee operated this particular vessel under conditions which exceeded those for which this vehicle was able to withstand.>> And finally I said, Lord, just let me die, let me die. I said, I can't keep drowning.>> On July 19th, 31 passengers were aboard the World War II style duck boat on Table Rock Lake when hurricane strength winds swept in, turning up the water and sinking the craft.
Tia Coleman lost her husband, three children and five other family members.>> My family really meant everything to me. It's a house now, it's not a home anymore.>> The tour operator, Ripley Entertainment, which operates under the name Ride the Ducks, is being sued by families of four people who died.
Nikki, who is not yet in custody, faces up to ten years in federal prison without parole for each count and a $250,000 fine