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Survivor of deadly MO duck boat accident wants to ban the 'death trap' boats

Survivor of deadly MO duck boat accident wants to ban the 'death trap' boats
Posted at 8:04 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 16:20:18-04

(CNN) – One of the survivors of last month's Missouri duck boat tragedy has launched an online petition to ban the boats.

Seventeen people died after storms caused a duck boat to capsize on a lake in Branson, MO, on July 19.

Tia Coleman was on the boat with 10 of her family members. Nine of those relatives died in the accident.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat shouldn't have been on the water.

In response to the tragedy, Coleman launched a change.org petition to ban "death trap duck boats" because of their "deadly design."

An attorney for the Coleman family said duck boat canopies trap people when the boats sink. He said the industry was warned about that hazard more than a decade ago.

Multiple lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars have been filed by the families of the victims, as they try to reform or shut down the duck boat industry.

The Coleman attorney said additional lawsuits are expected.

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