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Indiana woman who lost husband, children in Missouri duck boat sinking files lawsuit

Missouri Boat Accident

People pray next to a car believed to belong to a victim of a last night’s duck boat accident, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo. The country-and-western tourist town of Branson, Missouri, mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank in stormy weather in the deadliest such accident in almost two decades.

(Charlie Riedel / AP)

An Indiana woman whose husband and three children drowned when a duck boat sank in a Missouri lake has filed a federal lawsuit requesting an end to the manufacture and operation of the amphibious vehicles in the U.S. and elsewhere until they are redesigned for safety.

Tia Coleman, of Indianapolis, filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Ripley Entertainment and five other companies that manufacture and operate the Ride The Ducks tourist attraction.

Besides her husband and children, Coleman lost five other relatives on the boat . Seventeen people died when the boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake in Branson. Coleman is seeking unspecified financial damages.

Ripley said it can’t comment on litigation but continues to offer support for victims and their families.

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Duck Boat recovered

The buck boat is hauled out of the water on Monday, July 23, 2018, at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. The recovery effort took about five hours to raise the boat from about 80 feet of water.

(J.B. Forbes / TNS)


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