Sinking of Amphibious Passenger Vessel Stretch Duck, Table Rock Lake, near Branson, Missouri

​The National Transportation Safety Board met on April 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, July 19, 2018, amphibious passenger vessel sinking, in Branson, Missouri.

The Stretch Duck 7, an amphibious passenger vessel (DUKW), had 29 passengers and two crewmembers aboard for a tour when weather conditions deteriorated on Table Rock Lake.  One crewmember and 16 passengers died in the accident.

In keeping with established Federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this investigation will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

The NTSB issued Safety Recommendation Report MSR-19-01, Nov. 13, 2019, calling for sufficient reserve buoyancy, and improved emergency egress on DUKW amphibious passenger vessels.

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT:  A webcast, virtual board meeting 


WHEN:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT). 

HOW: The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative or board members  A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at



Watch the board meeting on the NTSB YouTube Channel



Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Staff presentations

Witness video on the NTSB YouTube Channel

Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt





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