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BRANSON NEWS: A man who rescued multiple people after a duck boat in Missouri capsized in July is suing the company that owns the vessel, Ripley Entertainment, as well as the captain.
Gregory Harris, who works on another boat in Branson, saw the duck boat sinking and jumped into the water to help people who were in danger of drowning.
“Heedless of his own safety, Greg jumped into the wind-driven surge of the lake to try and rescue anyone he could,” the lawsuit stated, reported WDAF.
Harris ultimately reached five people, saving the lives of three of them. One was already dead by the time Harris reached him while another died before being fully rescued. He was then told to stop diving back into the water because everyone else who hadn’t been rescued by that point was dead.
Emotional and Physically Injured
According to an attorney representing Harris, the man injured his right arm and the right side of his back during his frantic rescue efforts. Harris also knocked a crown out of his mouth.
The lawsuit said that Harris is also suffering survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD “is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”
Harris also had to quit his job on the Showboat Branson Belle because of his suffering, according to the lawsuit, reported the Kansas City Star.
Rescue personnel work after an amphibious duck boat capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Missouri, on July 19, 2018. (Southern Stone County Fire Protection District/Facebook/via Reuters)“(He) has suffered anxiety of body and mind and has suffered emotional upset …
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