Indiana family that survived duck boat tragedy in Missouri files second lawsuit

Duck boats sit idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in 17 deaths on Table Rock Lake. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the sinking of tourist boat in Branson(all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A second lawsuit has been filed by members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank this month in Missouri.

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Missouri on behalf of the estates of 45-year-old Angela Coleman and 68-year-old Belinda Coleman.

The women and seven relatives died in the July 19 sinking at Table Rock Lake near Branson that killed 17 people. The suit seeking unspecified damages comes after a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages was filed Sunday on behalf of the estates of 76-year-old Ervin Coleman and 2-year-old Maxwell Ly.

Both suits allege that the owners and operators of the tourist boat put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and severe weather warnings.


11 a.m.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill wants new restrictions on duck boats like the one that sunk in Missouri this month, killing 17 people.

McCaskill plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would give the U.S. Coast Guard 180 days to enact new regulations aimed at ensuring the amphibious vehicles stay afloat during flooding. Duck boats then would have two years to comply.

And in the meantime, they would be required to either remove canopies or install ones that allow passengers to escape in case of flooding.

McCaskill is working off of National Transportation Safety Board recommendations spurred by another deadly duck boat accident in Arkansas in 1999. Federal regulators then noted the amphibious vehicles have trouble staying afloat during flooding and overhead canopies can trap passengers if the vehicles sink.


9:30 a.m.

Members of an Indiana family who lost nine loved ones when a tourist boat sank in Missouri plan to speak at a news conference about their lives after “our family tree has been broken.”

The Coleman family’s attorneys say Tuesday’s news conference in Indianapolis would also detail additional legal filings after a federal lawsuit was filed in Kansas City seeking $100 million in damages on behalf of two of the nine Coleman family members killed in the sinking.

That lawsuit alleges the duck boat’s owners and operators put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put it on a lake near Branson July 19, despite design problems and severe weather warnings.

Seventeen of the 31 people aboard were killed in the sinking. Others killed were from Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri.

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1 comment

Paul August 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

What about the personal responsibility of those passengers who chose to board a boat with stormy weather in the area??


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