Web Extra: Duck Boat Tragedy Survivor Shares Story


BRANSON, Mo. — “I can’t see anybody, I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t hear screams, it feels like I was out there on my own,” Tia Coleman, one of the survivors of the Branson duck boat tragedy, said.

Tia lost nine family members including her husband and children.  Her surviving family members called our sister station to say she wanted to tell her story.

“And I was yelling, screaming and finally I said, ‘Lord just let me die, let me die, I can’t keep drowning, I just can’t keep drowning,’ that’s what I felt,” said Tia.

” And then I just let go and I started floating. I float to the top I felt the water temperature raise to warm. I felt the temperature rise I jumped up and I saw the big boat that sits out there I don’t know what kind of boat its huge though.”

“And when I saw they were throwing out life jackets to people and I said, ‘Jesus keep me just keep me so I can get to my children. Keep me, Lord.’”

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