Family files negligence suit over duck boat accident in Branson

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BRANSON MO NEWS: SPRINGFIELD – A family who survived a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson that killed 17 people recently filed a federal lawsuit claiming they suffered physical, emotional, and psychological injuries following the July 19 accident.

In the suit filed Sept. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern Division, Tiffany Collins her husband, Shayne Collins, her daughter Talyssa Mann, and her mother, Ronita McKinley were passengers on boat. Tiffany Collins’ sister, Tomlyn McDonald, was also on the boat, Stretch Duck 07. McKinley’s husband, Gary McKinley, and McDonald’s husband, Dustin McDonald, also sued for loss of consortium as a result of their spouses being involved in the accident. 

Tiffany Collins also sued on behalf of her minor child, T.K., who was a surviving passenger. The McDonalds sued on behalf of their children, Ca.M. and Ch.M., who are both minors and passengers that survived the accident.

Their suit claims they suffered major physical, emotional, and psychological injuries as a result of surviving the tragic accident. Named as defendants are Ripley Entertainment Inc., Branson Duck Vehicles LLC, Ride The Ducks International LLC, Ride The Ducks of Branson LLC, and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. The plaintiffs referred to the defendants collectively as RTDI.

In their lawsuit, they stated each of the defendants were fully aware of not only the design issues but the safety hazards of the duck boats that they each had a hand in manufacturing and designing. “For two decades, defendants had been repeatedly told to change the design of their duck boats to make them safer, but they entirely ignored those warnings,” the plaintiffs said in their lawsuit. They added that an inspector even told the defendants there was no way the engines and bilge pumps would be able to operate in …



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