Indianapolis family that lost 9 relatives in duck boat tragedy reaches settlement


The Coleman family (Photo courtesy of family)

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BRANSON, Mo. – The Indianapolis family that lost nine relatives in last year’s duck boat tragedy has reached a settlement with the operator of the Ride the Ducks business in Branson, Missouri.

Relatives filed the lawsuit against Ripley Entertainment on behalf of Ervin and Horace Coleman, who were among the 17 killed when the boat sank in July.

Following a mediation session in January, lawyers for the Coleman family filed a notice of settlement with the duck boat company on March 7.

Ernesto Sigmon, a Dallas attorney representing the Colemans, told the Kansas City Star that he couldn’t discuss the settlement, because “the actual terms of it are under seal.”

This is the second settlement arising from the tragedy. The daughters of two other victims also reached confidential settlements with Ripley Entertainment in November, according the Kansas City Star.

Several other lawsuits are still pending in federal and state courts.

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