On Sunday, an Indiana family filed a $100 million lawsuit against the owners and operators of a Ride the Ducks tourist boat that sank in a lake near Branson, Missouri, on July 19, killing 17 people.
Nine of those victims came from the family that filed the suit, which states, “This tragedy was the...predicted result of decades of unacceptable, greed-driven and willful ignorance of safety by the Duck Boat industry in the face of specific and repeated warnings that their Duck Boats are death traps for passengers and pose grave danger to the public on water and on land."
The AP reports that the lawsuit also alleges that the boat operators violated their own company policy by allowing the tour to continue despite severe-weather warnings.
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The operators of the Duck Boat that sank on July 19th in Branson, Missouri killing 17 people are now facing a 100-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit. Families of the victims who died filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court.
According to their claim, the canopy of the Boat trapped those on board and dragged them to the bottom of the lake. But according to the representing attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, the boats shouldn’t have been out at all.
"It is clear that they knew severe weather was coming and they tried to beat the storm by going on water first rather than refunding the 40 bucks that each of these people paid putting their lives at risk," he said at a press conference. "This was not in any way a storm that came out of nowhere."
Source: NBC News