Kentucky Connections In Missouri Boat Accident, Local Restaurant Raising Funds

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 07:24:54-04

(LEX 18)– New details are emerging about the final moments of the duck boat accident that happened last week in Branson, Missouri. 

17 people died when the boat capsized, including nine members from the Coleman family.

They were on vacation from Indiana when the accident happened.

Tia Coleman lost her husband, three children, and five other members of her family, including her father-in-law Horace Coleman who was originally from Harlan County, Ky.

In an emotional interview Tia recalls the painful moments just after the boat capsized.

"As I was swimming I was praying I said lord, please let me get to my babies. I gotta get to my babies. I was kicking and the harder I fought to get up to the top, I was getting pulled down. I kept fighting. I said lord ‘if I can’t make it, there’s no use in keeping me here. I’ve never had to recover from something like this. I don’t know if there is a recovery from it."

Jayden Coleman, a sophomore at Frederick Douglass High School, lost three family members in the accident as well.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what went wrong with the boat. 

The National Transportation Safety Board says the investigation could take up to a year to finish. 

On Tuesday, City Barbeque in Lexington will host a fundraiser to help the Coleman family. 

Proceeds will go to help with travel expenses to the funerals.