Branson Duck Boat Survivor Starts Petition Following Tragedy

Wednesday, August 15th 2018, 3:30 am
By: News On 6

A survivor of the deadly duck boat accident near Branson, Missouri is starting a national petition to hold the company responsible for the loss of her family members.

Tia Coleman lost nine family members, including her 40-year-old husband and three young children.  They were among the 17 killed when a storm sank the boat on July 18th.

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“My family, really meant everything to me, just like anyone else’s would, they meant everything to me,” Tia Coleman said.

The other victims were from Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.

The Coleman family was in Branson on vacation when storms caused the boat to capsize.  Multiple lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars have been filed as the families try to reform or shut down the duck boat industry.

8/1/2018 Related Story: Second Lawsuit Filed Following Branson Duck Boat Tragedy

"The duck boats are death traps, nobody else should have to go through that,” Tia Coleman said.

On Tuesday, Coleman launched a petition on to ban “duck boat death traps” in response to the tragedy.