More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely would not have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.
Tracy Beck, of Kansas City, Missouri, said she recalled the family members waiting in line. After they stopped for a picture, she said, a ticket taker realized they should have boarded at a different location and reassigned them.
The grief-stricken community, known for its country shows and entertainment, hosted two vigils Friday night. About 300 people gathered in the parking lot of Ride the #Ducks of Branson and others mourned at a church, singing "Amazing Grace" at both locations. Later Friday, the Stone County Sheriff's Department released a list of the people who were killed. In addition to the Indiana family, five people were from Missouri, two were from Arkansas and one was from Illinois.
The sheriff's department identified the Indiana family members as 45-year-old Angela Coleman, 1-year-old Arya Coleman, 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, 76-year-old Ervin Coleman, 7-year-old Evan Coleman, 40-year-old Glenn Coleman, 70-year-old Horace Coleman, 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman, and 9-year-old Reece Coleman.
The people from Missouri were identified as 69-year-old William Asher, 68-year-old Rosemarie Hamann, 63-year-old Janice Bright, 65-year-old William Bright, and the crew member operating the boat, 73-year-old Bob Williams. Also killed were 64-year-old Leslie Dennison of Illinois, and 53-year-old Steve Smith and his son, 15-year-old Lance Smith, both from Arkansas.
The Rev. Zachary Klein, speaking at the gathering at the duck boat business, said he had no words of comfort to offer the families of victims "because there simply are no words to comfort them."
Earlier, Mayor Karen Best said Branson is typically a city "full of smiles...But today we are grieving and crying."
The accident at #TableRockLake near #Branson was deadliest accident of its kind in nearly two decades. State and federal investigators were trying to determine what went sent the vessel known as a #duckboat to its demise. An initial assessment blamed thunderstorms and winds. #TiaColeman