Some of duck boat victims met tragedy after last-minute twists of fate

The nine members of the Coleman family of Indiana, some of whom appear in this photo, died on Thursday, duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson, missouri.


For the nine members of a family from Indiana and Missouri couple celebrating an anniversary, Thursday duck boat tragedy at a lake near Branson, Mo., perhaps it is a cruel twist of fate.

According to friends and family, the Coleman family was supposed to board another boat, but it was delayed while the snap a picture, and the Missouri couple opted for a Branson area vacation after also considering a Nashville trip.

Tracy Beck, Kansas City, Mo., said she remembered seeing the Coleman family in the line waiting to board a different duck boat. After they stopped for a photo, she said, a ticket taker recovered them.

If Beck’s account is true, the Coleman family probably wouldn’t have been on the ill-fated journey, if it wasn’t for the photo, and the new assignment.

Family member Ingrid Coleman Douglas told the Indianapolis Star “it’s incredible” what has happened.

“They were very popular. It is a big family from all sides,” Coleman Douglas said of her Indianapolis house. “I never thought that I would have lost this number of people in this way.”

The Missouri couple — William Asher, 69, and Rose Hamann, 70, of Affton — were celebrating Hamann’s 70th birthday, and that was on Monday, FOX 2 St. Louis reported.

A friend told KSDK-TV St. Louis that the couple was debating whether to celebrate in Nashville or Branson, and picked up Branson in the last minute.

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“It’s incredibly tragic,” neighbor Omar Helal told the station.

The neighborhood has lost two of her favorite people, and it will never be the same, Helal, and a neighbor said.

“They were two of the nicest people you will ever meet in your entire life,” Patti Zimmer Lewis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from her friends.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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