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Indiana Family In Duck Boat Tragedy Seeks Ban

A 'Ride the Ducks' duck boat like the one that sank in Missouri on July 19 (David Wills, Wikimedia Commons)

A ‘Ride the Ducks’ duck boat like the one that sank in Missouri on July 19 (David Wills, Wikimedia Commons)

Dozens of members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a duck bank sank this month in Missouri are calling for a ban on the tourist boats.

Fifty-three members of the extended Coleman family attended a tear-filled news conference Tuesday in Indianapolis, hours after their attorneys filed a second lawsuit seeking damages from the owners and operators of the boat that sank July 19 near Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people.

Lisa D. Berry is the sister of 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, who was one of nine relatives who died in the sinking.

She says an entire branch of her family tree is now gone.

Berry says the boats should be banned. She says that if someone had stood up to the duck boat industry years ago her family would still be whole.

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