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Savior of the duck boat passengers files lawsuit, claiming injury

A duck boat sits idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator in Branson, Mo., 20 July 2018.

(Associated Press)

A Missouri man who rescued several people from a capsized duck boat last month filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company and the captain of the ship, because he was injured in the rescue attempt and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

The man who jumped in the lake after seeing the boat sinking files lawsuit against Ride the Ducks https://t.co/6QU7kkGPrV pic.twitter.com/3CN5jeEsC4

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On July 19, Gregory Harris was working on the Showboat Branson Belle, when he was a witness to the duck boat, too much water and sink, according to the lawsuit, Kansas City, FOX 4 reported.

Harris jumped in the water and managed to help a number of people to the shore, but others, including a young boy, died before he reached them, the lawsuit said. In all, 17 people died, including nine members of a family from Indiana.

“The plaintiff (Harris) are shown daunted by the incident. (He) has suffered from anxiety of mind and body and has suffered emotional upset, and loss of enjoyment of life, suffered to go, inability to sleep, horrific nightmares, grief, trauma and post traumatic stress.”

– Lawsuit filed on behalf of Gregory Harris

“The plaintiff (Harris) are shown daunted by the incident,” the lawsuit said. “(He) has suffered from anxiety of mind and body and has suffered emotional upset, and loss of enjoyment of life, suffered to go, inability to sleep, horrific nightmares, grief, trauma and post traumatic stress.”

Harris suffered injuries to his right arm, back, and lost a crown, tooth, FOX 4 reported, citing Harris’ lawyer, who said that his client has since quit his job at the Branson Belle.

The lawsuit, filed in Taney County, at Ripley Entertainment, Ride the Ducks International, and Kenneth Scott McKee, captain of the sunken ship, the Kansas City Star reported.

Two other lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims, namely the owners and operators of the Ride the Ducks boat put profit over the safety of the people, when they decided to take the boat on a lake, in spite of bad weather warnings and problems in the design.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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