Absolutely tragic news was reported on Friday, July 19. A duck boat filled with tourists capsized in high winds and claimed 17 lives.
The horrible accident took place on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. On early Friday morning, rescuers were still looking for several people who were missing. Initial reports claimed that at least 11 people had died. As the day continued, that number rose to 17.
Now, a woman that was on the boat has opened up about the entire situation. Tia Coleman, one of the few survivors, said that nine of her family members died in the accident.
She said, “My heart is very heavy. Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving- that’s me and my nephew. I lost all my children, my brother-in-law.”
Tia then revealed some more troubling news about the situation. She said that the captain of the boat told passengers that life jackets weren’t necessary. Because of that, they were not made readily available.
Coleman said that the captain told passengers not to “worry about grabbing the life jackets- you won’t need them.”
Coleman continued, claiming that by the time passengers realized they desperately needed the life jackets, “it was too late.”
She said, “I believe that a lot of people could have been spared.”
Regardless of what could have been done differently, the situation is simply tragic. Deaths ranged from ages 1 to 70, and so many people lost loved ones.
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