Relatives of two drowning victims are seeking $100 million in damages after 17 people died on an amphibious “Ride the Ducks” vehicle in Missouri 10 days ago.
The wrongful death lawsuit likens the boats to “death traps” and sinking coffins.
“Once they take on water, they sink, and they sink fast,” attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi, who is representing the victims’ family, told reporters Monday.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri on Sunday, seeks damages on behalf of the estates of Ervin Coleman, 76, and Maxwell Ly, 2.
The lawsuit cites the operators’ history of safety issues and previous deaths, and accuses them of ignoring past safety recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board. Those recommendations include removing a canopy that prevents people from escaping the boat when it’s taking on water, Mongeluzzi said
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