An attorney says an IN family that lost nine members when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake wants to ensure that duck boats are banned so no one else suffers the same grief.
"The negligence, wrongful death, and product liability lawsuit names Ripley Entertainment Inc., Ride the Ducks Branson and Herschend Family Entertainment as defendants".
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, echoes arguments made in a lawsuit filed Sunday seeking $100 million on behalf of the estates of 76-year-old Ervin Coleman and 2-year-old Maxwell Ly.
It also accuses the defendants of being repeatedly told to change the design of their boats to make them safer but ignoring those warnings.
"Upon information and belief, Robert McDowell "self-educated by going to auto parts stores and talking to different people" and did not consult with any engineers when designing the stretch Duck Boats", the suit reads.
"Prior to this catastrophe, the Duck Boat industry knew that their Duck Boats were entirely unfit to be used for any goal and had previously been responsible for dozens of deaths", the latest lawsuit argues. Only she and her nephew survived when the boat sank.
Michael Thomas/Getty Images An evening candlelight prayer vigil in Branson, Missouri, after 17 people died aboard a duck boat on July 19.
The Indiana family's suits allege that the companies ignored warnings from the National Transportation Safety Board in 2000 that the vehicles, which are created to operate on land and water, should be upgraded to ensure they remain upright and floating in bad weather.
"Because Ripley Entertainment is a participant in the investigation of last week's tragic accident, we can not provide public comment", the statement said.
The four-page bill, if passed, would enact numerous safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2002 after its investigation of a 1999 duck boat incident that killed 13 people near Hot Springs, Ark.
In the first fatal accident involving a duck boat in Philadelphia, on July 7, 2010, a barge pushed by a tugboat struck a duck boat stranded in the Delaware River off Penn's Landing after an engine fire.
Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment, the owner of the Ride the Ducks company whose boat sank in Branson, Mo., is being sued by the mother of one of the survivors.
Dozens of members of an IN family who lost nine relatives when a duck bank sank this month IN Missouri are calling for a ban on the tourist boats. It also says the captain violated protocol by not telling passengers to put on life jackets when the water got rough and instead lowering plastic side curtains, "thus further entrapping passengers in the soon-to-sink vessel". Add Duck Boat Accident as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Duck Boat Accident news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
According to the NTSB, which on Friday released a chronology derived from the recording, at about 6:50 pm (2350 GMT) the captain began a safety briefing, before the boat entered the water. "60 million people would die if cars were as unsafe as duck boats", Mongeluzzi said. Others killed were from Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.