Missouri Duck Boat Update: 17 Branson Victims Identified, Nine From One Family

Authorities have released the names of the 17 people who lost their lives when a duck boat attraction overturned and sank in Branson, Missouri on Thursday, July 19.

The identities of the victims, who ranged in age from one to 76-years-old, were released in a statement issued by the Stone County Sheriff's office on Friday according to The Kansas City Star. The list included the names, ages and states where the victims lived.

Nine of the victims were from one Indiana family who had 11 relatives on the duck boat that evening, five of which were adults and four were children under the age of 10. Angela, Arya, Belinda, Ervin, Evan, Glenn, Horace, Maxwell and Reece Coleman lost their lives in the accident. The other two members of the family who were on the boat who survived include a 13-year-old boy and his aunt.

Tia Coleman, who survived the accident along with her nephew, told local news outlets that her "heart is very heavy" and that she lost all of her children and her brother-in-law in the capsize.


Branson duck boat tragedy survivor Tia Coleman describes what she thought would be her final moments on earth.

She lost nine family members including her husband and children. #DuckBoatTragedy pic.twitter.com/ac804WR3QK

— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) July 21, 2018

Five casualties were from Missouri and included married couple William and Janice Bright. Other state residents who died were William Asher, Rosemarie Hamann and Bob Williams. Williams was the boat's captain and was known informally as "Captain Bob."

Arkansas father and son Steve and Lance Smith were among the victims of the boating accident. Loren Smith, the daughter and sister of the victims, was on the boat as well but survived, suffering a concussion. According to a report from The Sacramento Bee, Steve Smith was a retired math teacher.

Leslie Dennison from Illinois, another victim of the accident, was on the duck tour with her son and granddaughter when the boat began sinking. Later in the hospital, the granddaughter said that Dennision saved her, according to a local news report.

Thirty-one people were on board the "Ride the Ducks" tour Thursday when thunderstorms caused severe winds up to 60 mph to make the water turbulent and difficult to navigate. A video taken by a witness shows massive waves rocking the boat, making it impossible to reach the shore.

Mourners gather in the parking lot of the Ride the Ducks offices in Branson, Mo., during a candle light vigil on Friday, July 20, 2018 for the victims of the Branson duck boat tragedy at Table Rock Lake. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images

About 300 people gathered in southwest Missouri on Friday to mourn the 17 victims, according to a report by the Associated Press. The news wire also reported that Senator Claire McCaskill will examine "legislative solutions" to increase the safety of duck boats. Missouri's other senator, Roy Blunt, called the deadly incident a "tragedy that never should have happened."

Below is the list of Missouri duck boat victim names reported by the Stone County Sheriff's office.

William Asher, 69, of Missouri

Rosemarie Hamann, 68, of Missouri

Janice Bright, 63, of Missouri

William Bright, 65, of Missouri

Angela Coleman, 45, of Indiana

Arya Coleman, 1, of Indiana

Belinda Coleman, 69, of Indiana

Ervin Coleman, 76, of Indiana

Evan Coleman, 7, of Indiana

Glenn Coleman, 40, of Indiana

Horace Coleman, 70, of Indiana

Maxwell Coleman, 2, of Indiana

Reece Coleman, 9, of Indiana

Leslie Dennison, 64, of Illinois

Bob Williams, 73, of Missouri

Lance Smith, 15, of Arkansas

Steve Smith, 53, of Arkansas