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Coleman Family Speaks Out: ‘We Just Want Them To Be Held Accountable’

Originally appeared on WFYI’s website

More than 50 members of an Indiana family grieving for nine relatives who died in a Missouri duck boat accident hosted a press conference Tuesday.

Lisa Berry, whose sister, Belinda Coleman, and niece, Angela, died in the accident, says the family is taking legal action against the boat’s owners and operators.

Attorneys for the family filed a second federal lawsuit — seeking unspecified damages — Tuesday on behalf of the estates of Angela, 45, and Belinda, 69. A $100 million federal lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of the estates of Ervin Coleman, 76, and Maxwell Ly, 2.

“And we just want them to be held accountable for the lack of responsibility that they’ve shown, and not take care of the very thing that’s taken our family’s life,” Berry says.

Eleven members of the Coleman family were on board the duck boat when it capsized and sank July 19 in Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Nine members of the Indiana family, spanning three generations, were among the 17 people killed.

Berry says she wants her family’s message to be clear and for action to be taken.

”I would like to say to the regulators to do all you can to ban the duck boat industry. If somebody had stood up and done something, our family could’ve been spared,” Berry says.

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