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Indiana woman who lost family on duck boat files lawsuit

Tia Coleman and 10 of her relatives got on the duck boat to take a tour of Table Rock Lake during their family vacation. Only she and her nephew survived when the boat sank.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – An Indiana woman whose husband and three children drowned when a duck boat sank in a Missouri lake has filed a federal lawsuit requesting an end to the manufacture and operation of the amphibious vehicles in the U.S. 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 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.