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Indianapolis woman who lost family on duck boat files lawsuit

September 4, 2018

An Indiana woman whose husband and three children drowned when a duck boat full of tourists sank in a Missouri lake has filed a federal lawsuit requesting an end to the manufacture and operation of the amphibious vehicles in the United States 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 boats for 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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