An Arkansas investment company has purchased the remaining fleet of duck boats belonging to Rides the Ducks International, a Branson boat operator.
DUKW Arkansas LLC has purchased 18 boats from Rides the Ducks International on April 23. In 2017, Ride the Ducks International sold 22 boats to Ripley Entertainment to operate in Branson. One of those boats, Stretch Duck 07, sank last summer on Table Rock Lake. Seventeen individuals died in the incident.
Currently, only eight of the boats are operational, according to Stacy Roberts, the owner of DUKW Arkansas.
There are no plans to operate the boats in Hot Springs at the moment, Roberts says. According to an AP article, Roberts has received interest in the boats from a Central Arkanas buyer.