KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal investigators are now handling the investigation into the duck boat that sank on Table Rock Lake, killing 17.
The Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation turned over the case to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri on August 13.
A spokesperson said in a statement to 41 Action News, "It is Coast Guard policy to ensure that its Marine Board of Investigation does not compromise any criminal investigation."
The Coast Guard will continue its safety investigation.
31 people were on board the boat taking a tour of the area July 19. A storm moved into the area after the boat entered the lake, bringing strong winds and rough waters. 17 people died when the boat sank, 9 of which were from the same family .