via Cleveland19:

Surrounded by family and friends, Tia Coleman made her first public appearance at the hospital where she and her nephew are being treated on Saturday to tell their story and honor the memory of the nine family members who died in a duck boat accident.

Tia lost her husband, Glenn, and their three children – Reece, Evan and Arya – along with five other family members when the duck boat they were on sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake Thursday evening. The National Weather Service said winds were blowing as hard as 65 mph when the boat capsized.

In total, 17 people lost their lives.

“I don’t know if there is a recovery from it,” said Tia. “The biggest thing is a lot of prayers, a lot of prayers and a lot of support.”

Tia and her nephew were the only members of the Coleman family to survive.

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