SPECIAL NOTE: On July 19, the whole nation in USA watched with horror to see a duck boat sinking right in front of you because of a sudden storm in the ocean near Bransom, the entertainment capital now of USA! The captain had a drill with all the 31 tourists going on board the boat. He made the biggest mistake of his life when he told them not to worry and you do not have to wear the Life Jackets…after showing them how to use them. The tragedy could have been avoided! Yesterday July 28, I decided to join a tour group of senior citizens, members of the Tacoma Chiniese Cultural Association of which I was the only Male President for two times, years ago. While sitting comfortably in the bus, late for 2 hours, and now the driver seemed in a hurry to reach the destination, about 2 hours away through winding mountain roads. All I could think of was the many tragedies of tour buses around the world each year. Two of my students at Xiamen University joined a tour group to Tibet and they were killed when his bus went off the road. It seems every year somewhere in the world, tour buses would end in some kind of tragedy…usually blaming the drivers! So yesterday, I worried because some members in our group were very upset with the bus company, two hours late to pick us up. Now I sat comfortably and saw this next to my seat: IT’S MANDATORY. BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY. What surprised me was the fact the bus driver said nothing about it. I honestly doubted if anyone pay attention to this warming next to their seats. Also next to this warning: EMERGENCY EXIT. 1. PULL THIS BAR. 2. PUSH WINDOW OPEN. Again the driver did not say anything to the group of about 56 senior citizens on this trip…the bus rushing through winding route to our destination. Anything could have happened yesterday but blame it on the bus driver, yes, blame it on the bus driver. He should have said soemthing before taking us on this winding road to our destination! I started thinking of the 17 people who died in the unnecessary boat accident because the captain told them not to worry, that they did not have to wear the life jackets! How foolish about this…9 died from a family of 11 people…see the photos above! Peace, Steve, USA July 29, 2018
Remaining 5 members of Coleman family killed in duck boat accident laid to rest
• BY MORGAN WINSOR ABC NEWS
Jul 28, 2018
The remaining five members of the close-knit family who were killed in last week’s tourist boat accident were laid to rest Saturday.
An afternoon funeral service was held at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, for Ray Coleman, 76; Horace Coleman, 70; Belinda Coleman, 69; Angela Coleman, 45; and Max Coleman, 2. The five coffins were adorned with flowers in front of a stage, where various people delivered remarks from the podium, sang songs and read passages from the Bible to commemorate each of their lives.
A funeral for the four other members of the Coleman family who were also killed — Glenn, 40, and his three young children, Reece, 9; Evan, 7; and Arya, 1 — was held at Grace Apostolic Church in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon.
Tia Coleman, who is Glenn’s wife and the mother of their kids, was one of only two survivors among 11 family members who were aboard the tourist duck boat that capsized and sank near Branson, Missouri, on July 19. Tia’s 13-year-old nephew, Donovan Hall, also survived.
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A total of 31 people, including the Colemans and two crew members, embarked on the amphibious vessel that day for what was supposed to be a 70-minute tour of Table Rock Lake. But the fun outing turned into a nightmare when a storm struck, unleashing winds up to 73 miles per hour and waves that crested at 6 feet.
The rough water capsized the boat, causing it to sink. Seventeen people were killed, authorities said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the incident.
An initial report from the agency that was released Friday afternoon revealed that the captain of the ill-fated boat had checked the weather reports and discussed safety procedures, including the location of life jackets, prior to the excursion.
“In the vicinity of the boat ramp, the captain began a safety briefing regarding the water portion of the tour,” the report states. “The briefing included the location of emergency exits as well as the location of the life jackets. The captain then demonstrated the use of a life jacket and pointed out the location of the life rings.”
During an emotional press conference last weekend, Tia Coleman recalled how the captain told passengers they wouldn’t need the life jackets.
“He said, ‘Above you are your life jackets. There are three sizes.’ He said, ‘I’m gonna show you where they are, but you won’t need them. So, no need to worry.’ So we didn’t grab them,” she told reporters.
Tia asked people to pray for her and to remember her nine lost family members “for the beautiful people they were.” She described each of them, in between tears:
— “I lost my husband. He was so loving and he didn’t look like he was, but he was. He was so loving.”
— “My oldest son, Reece, was on the autism spectrum but he made every day worth living. And he was the happiest, sweetest little boy anybody would ever want to meet.”
— “My son Evan, who was 7, was extremely smart, quick and witty. He loved life and he was a great brother, big brother and little brother.”
— “And then my baby, Arya. She was only 1 and she had a thousand personalities wrapped up in her one. She would blow kisses and she would fight. She was a little fireball and my only girl.”
— “My father-in-law [Horace] had a heart of gold. He would give anything to anybody.”
— “My mother-in-law [Belinda] was like a second mom. She was always there with a supportive word.”
— “My sister-in-law [Angela], who I called sister because she was. She was so loving and she would do anything for her family.”
— “My uncle, Ray Coleman, was the oldest of the Colemans. He liked to laugh and have a good time.
— “And my nephew, Max, was the sweetest baby ever. He loved big hugs and warm kisses.”
ABC News’ Joyeeta Biswaws, Bill Hutchinson and Mark Osbourne contributed to this report.