Family files $100M wrongful death lawsuit in Branson duck boat accident; ‘duck boats are death traps’

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A crane attached to a barge recovered the Ride the Ducks boat that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people aboard. The boat was submerged roughly 80 feet below the surface of Table Rock Lake.
USA TODAYThe duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, on July 19, 2018, was raised to the surface July 23, 2018. Seventeen people were killed when the duck boat sank.(Photo: Nathan Papes, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader)INDIANAPOLIS – Relatives of two of the nine Indianapolis family members killed when a duck boat sank in a Missouri lake have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages.”Duck Boats are death traps for passengers and pose grave danger to the public on water and on land,” the estates of Irvin Coleman, 76, and 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman-Ly said in a suit filed Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.The lawsuit blames the July 19 tragedy on “decades of unacceptable, greed-driven and willful ignorance of safety by the Duck Boat industry.”The families are seeking $100 million in the lawsuit against the owners of Ride the Ducks Branson. The Coleman family victims were among 17 people killed when a tour boat sank in Branson, Missouri.July 27: Branson duck boat captain took note of the weather before deadly voyage, NTSB saysJuly 26: Woman wants to donate her family’s cemetery plots to Colemans killed in duck boat tragedySuzanne Smagala, spokeswoman for Ride the Ducks Branson’s parent company, Ripley Entertainment, said they remain saddened by the accident and are supporting the victims and their families.”The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is still underway,” Smagala said in an email. “No conclusions have been reached, and we cannot comment at this time.”The families are urging authorities to ban duck boats, lawyer Bob Mongeluzzi said Monday during a …


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