Tia Coleman

Crews have successfully raised the Ride The Ducks boat that capsized during a rain storm on a Missouri lake in Branson, Missouri on Thursday.

The WWII duck boat capsized during high winds and rain in Table Rock Lake, killing 17 people, including 9 members of the same family.

Survivor Tia Caldwell, who was briefly hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia, lost her husband, Glenn Coleman, 40, and her three children: Reece Coleman, 9, and Evan Coleman, 7, and Arya Coleman, 1.

Only Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew survived the tragic accident. The boy's mother, Angela Coleman, 45, and brother, Maxwell Coleman, 2, also died, along with Coleman's mother-in-law, father-in-law and uncle: Belinda Coleman, 69, Ervin Coleman, 76, and Horace Coleman, 70.

Coleman said the boat's captain told passengers not to grab life jackets during the boat ride -- despite storm warnings and rough, choppy water.

“The captain had told us, ‘Don’t worry about grabbing the life jackets, you won’t need them,'" Coleman told PEOPLE. "So nobody grabbed them because we listened to the captain as he told us the safety [rules].

The boat captain was among 17 people killed when the boat overturned after it was hit by a big wave.

Coleman said she and her family were visiting from Indiana. The entire family took the tour boat ride along with 18 other passengers and 2 crew members.

Tia Coleman and family

“My heart is very heavy,” Coleman told FOX59. “Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving… I lost all my children. I lost my husband. I lost my mother-in-law and my father-in-law. I lost my uncle. I lost my sister-in-law. And I lost my nephew. I’m okay but this is really hard. This is really hard.”

Coleman described the chaotic scene moments before the boat capsized.

“Once [the caption] takes over, this big huge wave’s choppy, everybody started getting like, ‘Hey, this is getting a little bit too much,” Tia said in the video. “And then it got really choppy and big swells of water started coming in to the boat. Then a really huge wave swept over, and when that wave swept over, the last thing I heard my sister-in-law say was ‘Grab the baby.'"

She said she struggled to reach the surface as the boat dragged her underwater.

“My head pushed up to the top of the water and I lost control, I didn’t have anybody with me,” Tia said. “I couldn’t see anybody. And I know it wasn’t but I felt like I struggled for at least an hour, but it was probably like 10 minutes. And I just remembered I kept sinking, I kept sinking.

“I couldn’t see anybody, I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t hear screams” Tia continued. “It felt like I was out there on my own. I was yelling and I was screaming. And finally I said, ‘Lord, just let me die. I can’t keep drowning.’ That’s how I felt."

During an interview on CNN, Coleman said search crews found her husband clutching their three children. "When they found my husband, he had all my babies," she said as tears streamed down her face.

 

 

Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why is she on tv, period?

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    My heart is hurting for the lady. The pain she’s in has to be unbearable. Praying for her!! Lord, grant her peace and comfort her. Let her know that she will see her babies and her husband again in heaven!! ??

  • FukkFolks2018

    I cant. Please Lord. Cover Tia and her surviving nephew. Please.

  • FukkFolks2018

    This means the nephew lost his mom, his sibling, and his grandparents. Lord Jesus. I swear I about cant take it

  • PhillyFacts

    I’ve been tryna understand this for days; the media is exploiting her tragedy. But, is she being encouraged to do this, or is this free will. Either way it’s not cool this sister is fragile, and in need of long term therapy.

  • NuBeauty

    Feel like I'm about to start crying at my desk...…..

  • countrygal

    My heart breaks for this family. God please keep Tia and the nephew covered under your wings.

  • Trace da Ace

    man...I cannot stop crying...tears are running down my face as I read this ......God please.....please comfort her and her family, please help her deal with this tragic, tragic situation. My heart breaks for them.

  • KLove

    My heart breaks for them. They are going to need long term counseling. The survivor's guilt has to be killing her....i know if I was in that situation, i would be constantly asking God why he allowed this to happen and why he didn't take me too. This is too much.

  • Malai

    I personally wouldn’t have my ass plastered all over television hollering n crying letting ppl be entertained by my tragedy.. no ma’am... blessings and STRENGTH to this woman and child.

  • Blue

    Wow

  • Ni Ni

    I wonder if she feels pressured to do them so soon. I'm sure she's still in shock, so maybe this is just how she's coping. This is just sad man?.

  • Kanyade

    i cannot imagine the pain of this. blessings over her. mercy.

  • BingBangBoom

    Wow! I don't recommend any water activities if you don't have the basic swimming training. My heart goes out to the family. Lord I pray for the strength for this family to move forward.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I was just about to say that. She needs to sit back and heal.

  • cherrypie

    Amen

  • sunni_daze

    Common Sense could have prevented all of this. The weather was bad warnings were issued yet these people still felt the need to take small babies on a sailing fucking bus. And anyone who's ever been boating knows to put childeren in a life vest regardless of what the captain says "its the law"

  • tintin

    This is beyond sad.. but what a true man, He held on to his kids to the end. I love that. May they all rest in peace.

  • nyla00

    JESUS!!!!

  • goat

    Damn!!

    The captain of the boat was on a suicide mission, hard to sympathize for him for not caring about the safety of his passengers. Who tells passenger not to put on life jackets when out in the water? And why?

  • MsPam

    I wouldn’t have cared if the captain said not to put the life jacket on, flip him and put the jacket on anyways. We all know that she’s going to sue the duckboat company. Peace be with you my sister!??

  • WhoKnew

    When I saw this my heart sank. It reminded me of the drunk driver that crossed the line in some state a couple of months ago and the father and 4 daughters were killed and only the mother survived. At that time she was in the hospital and they had not told her yet that her entire family had been killed.

    This young woman is going to need all the prayers, love, support, compassion and hugs that anyone can give. Even in spirit, please, please, send your love and virtual hugs to her.

    We're talking about the "air" this woman breathes, which is her entire family (husband and all the children). That is pain on a whole incomprehensible other level.

    God bless you, sis. I wish I could just give her the tightest hug and assure her that God will and God can whenever she feels pain and discouragement. Jesus we need you now!

  • RespectSelf

    wow this is one of those stories that brings tears to my eyes. This is tough to lose your whole family like that. Husband and children gone. smh. My heart really goes out to her and her nephew.. and the other family and friends left behind. smh sad.

  • SweetTEE

    And just who do u think controls mother nature?

  • cherrypie

    Some of these comments are just too much. Damn...where is ya'll compassion??? In hindsight, of course you would have done something different. But, you didn't because you was not there and to sit up here and judge this poor woman is just wrong. This is a tough one ya'll. Her whole world has changed forever and just a matter of seconds.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I had to keep dropping and shaking my head. I do not know how to swim so I don't do any activities pertaining to large/deep bodies of waters. So sad.....I just heard about this.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    "Coleman said the boat’s captain told passengers not to grab life jackets during the boat ride — despite storm warnings and rough, choppy water."

    Horrible isn't even the word...this company is lowdown and sorry for what they have done. If you knew the storm is coming, why go out? And why tell them not to grab life jackets? This is baffling and ridiculous. I pray for her and her nephew...May those souls rest well.

  • Look@m3

    Guh...looking at her picture alone...just....

  • SweetTEE

    The media should be ashamed for having this woman up here. She needs to be in emergency counseling, not grieving on national tv for others entertainment. She can't be in the right state of mind.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Smh...this woman needs to be home in bed or making arrangements. There is no reason for her to be on the news unless they are paying her but I doubt that because they didn't even pay for hair and makeup smh...

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    My eyes were watering up too while I was typing.

  • Ni Ni

    She's reliving it each time she talks about it.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I think she's in shock. It hasn't really hit her, that she will never see her husband and kids again, in this lifetime. She needs to be in therapy, not on t.v. but again, I think she's in shock and maybe that's why, she agreed to do interviews.

  • NuBeauty

    I couldn't even click play. I just would be a mess after seeing that. Even though some people are so scared of water, I honestly think we as people need to learn how to swim just on the strength of survival for any situation that deals with water.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I can hardly take READING it over and over. So her having to tell it over and over...thought makes me have a lump in my throat.

  • Geezy

    Fair enough. Only he knows. You are correct.

  • NuBeauty

    I have two boys and just the thought of in a split second losing them...OMG, my heart breaks a million times for this lady and her nephew. The whole family gone.....smh. I really pray for them, I seriously do.

  • WhoKnew

    Another comment and I am not saying this to be mean spirited because my heart is breaking for this woman. But, she does not need to be on TV doing the media rounds for a couple of reasons. One, if she needs to talk it out to release the pain, she should immediately talk with remaining family and definitely a therapist. Secondly, there is going to have to be legal action taken by her and the defense will use every media interview they can find to say "oh, you weren't too broken up to go on TV". Sounds heartless but I have been in a couple of car accidents that weren't my fault and the defense didn't care that the defendant's actions tore my rotator cuff and hernitated several disc in my neck. They were trying to save the insurance company money. So, sis. Breathe, fall back, pray and heal. And remember God will and God can.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Some of these folks were not born with ANY compassion on this blog. Its becoming more and more common sadly. Used to only be one maybe every 10 or so posts. Now its 3 or more in every damn post. Like I canna.

  • Janeisha Hunter

    She's wiping away tears but there are no tears.

  • Sister Hazel

    Very sad...

    I still don't understand why the captain took the duck boat out in that choppy water and weather- common sense isn't common

  • Phillybruh

    I couldn't imagine being in that situation. My heart breaks for any parent that loses a child/children.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Well said

  • Phillybruh

    Profit over people.

  • mzbestseller

    This is hard to watch and read about. My heart goes out to her and her entire family. I understand people want to know what happened, but right now she doesn’t need to be doing all of these interviews. It’s too much to keep talking about over and over. Or maybe this is her way to get through it. Idk..it’s just sad all around. I pray she ends up alright. At least she knew that even facing death, her husband held on to their children. ???

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 4FlavorsOfMe CreoleMami

    Oh wow this hurts my heart so bad :(

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Good advice. For now, she should just worry about her own mental and emotional healing. Being on TV isn't going to accomplish much right now.
    I don't even know how she does it. If it was me, I'd still be curled up in bed, trying to wrap my head around what just happened

  • mzbestseller

    Neither do I! There is no way I would have advised that. Safety should have been first and those boat rides canceled!

  • FukkFolks2018

    I read a story...well actually my bf found it right after this accident...comes to find out that these duck boats are full of issues. And life jackets make it harder to actually escape. I was astounded. I had never heard of no damn duck boat til THIS.

    https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/safety-concerns-about-duck-boats-have-been-sounded-for-years/article_4991d540-a42b-502c-af90-d3cb55cf759a.html

  • Trace da Ace

    you and me both.....I could not even fathom living life...much less going on multiple news outlets reliving it every single time.....maybe that is her way of healing...I guess...me, I think about my kids and husband....it instantly makes my heart sink....I could not imagine....

  • Anunnaki

    I cant even begin a sentence...i cant.

  • SummerBaby

    This is so sad!????

  • Ni Ni

    Right, l can't bring myself watch her interviews. You start taking on her grief, and if you just recently lost someone yourself, you sho nuff wont be any more good ??.

  • Tammie Reed

    VERY sad, may she find peace in all of this. May they RIP.

  • free

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. both of them, not just one. one was just fortunate to make it back in.

  • free

    right. if this helps her get through the next minute, so be it.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Wow that is sad...this company should be shut down.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I was thinking that maybe if everybody started putting on life-jackets, since not everybody know how to put one on, it would take extra time trying to show everybody how to do it.
    So it would just save time and hassle for them to just get the boat moving and not worry about going through that.
    That's the only thing I can think of .

  • Yodel-Lay-SHe-Whooo

    I’m sending out a prayer to all those with a negative judgemental spirit who chose to speak on why Ms. Tia is handling this the way she is.... If publicly talking about this horrific nightmare is how this woman wants to grieve, then only the open minded heartfelt individual will understand. Everyone doesn’t do things as some may feel fit. That’s why we are all different!

    This woman needs support and prayers! Not ridicule and judgement for being on TV or for how some of you feel you would’ve handle it. Save judgement and ridicule for the owner(s) of Ripley Ent. and the Captain. They did not make a viable decision knowing there was a storm that would’ve kept these people safe. Also, this company had been warned many times their boats were unsafe in bad weather!

    When we travel, we trust the words and actions of the professionals! When you take an aircraft, that pilot knows when the conditions are unsafe and won’t move that plane! I guarantee you, that you will not voluntarily cancel or postpone your travel plans at the last second behind a storm! You trust the pilot!!! These are professionals who should know when to ground their equipment! It’s part of their job to know how certain weather patterns affect maneuvering!

    This company failed in so many ways that should not fall on the liability of these innocent victims who just wanted good time. Unfortunately, they unknowingly turned their lives over to some professionals who lacked good decision making. ?? RIP and Prayers to all survivors! ???

  • R in NYC

    This is why I don't do water. No boat rides or cruises for me. I go to the beach and just get my feet wet and I'm happy.

  • Yodel-Lay-SHe-Whooo

    Tell me about it! Just some selfish individuals who lack compassion!

  • freelancepimp .

    OMG that is horrible!

  • cherrypie

    Thank you!!! Everything you just said is exactly what I meant in my post!

  • Malcom Flex

    THANK YOU. Cold hearted BW hating MF'ers!! That sister is HURTING, in PAIN and SHOCK!! She lost her man AND her kids and other family. Right now she's out of her mind with grief.

  • Malcom Flex

    You're COLD HEARTED. I take it you've never lost your kids or your husband/wife?!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    My GOD the pain and terror they must’ve faced is too much to even imagine.

    I’m so irate with the captain and company, rest his soul too, but I’m upset because so much could’ve been avoided.

    Rest well sweet sweet sweet babies.

  • Ghost

    Let her GRIEVE! Whatever and however she feels...I'm not here to judge! I can't imagine losing 9 family members at once! The sad part is..the family wasn't even suppose to be on this boat. They were at the wrong pier for the tickets they had and decided to buy more tickets instead of going to the CORRECT pier! She WILL GET PAID, but there is no amount of money that can compensate her for this tragedy! Praying for her strength...

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is heart wrenching and brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to her tragic tale. I never think about using a life jacket which is dumb because I can't swim but I will use one from now on...

  • JENNYJONES1

    SORRY FOR HER LOS, JUST HORRIBLE BUT IT SEEMS WANTING THE SPOTLIGHT IS 'SELF TORTURE' B/C SHE IS CONSTANTLY HAVING TO RELIVE THE NIGHTMARE TO KEEP GETTING THESE SHOWS THE RATINGS THEY WANT SO THEY WILL KEEP INVITING HER ON........JENNY JONES!!!

  • cherrypie

    Dude...wtf are you even talking about????????

  • Malcom Flex

    COLD HEARTED. Up and down this thread yall just showing your natural azzes how much you lack empathy for a grieving BW!!!!

  • goat

    It's a bot. Just reported it for spam

  • Malcom Flex

    THANK YOU. I've been checking them but it's so many. Cold hearted mofo's!! Let then lose their kids or their spouse they'd be crying and carrying on just like that poor sister.

  • Malcom Flex

    And notice most of them are BLACK WOMEN FONTS. BW hard as hell on other BW!!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Why the hell would cnn do this? Let this poor woman mourn.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Damn dude!!! Stay on topic!!! Right now, as of this moment, we are talking about THIS woman and her TRAGIC LOSS. This is not politics. What in the Special Ed kinda dumb shyt are you talking about???

  • Soda

    We're you formerly Shun King? You seem like the same illiterate asshole.

  • Malcom Flex

    This sister is grief stricken. I'm not surprised at the cold hearted BW fonts on here. DISGUSTING. She lost her mate, 3 of her kids and other relatives. She's out of her mind with grief and has to talk about it.

  • Yodel-Lay-SHe-Whooo

    I got you sis!

  • NeverSurprised

    It is HER CHOICE to handle her grief in the manner she chooses. Hope and pray you never lose all of your loved ones in a single day. If, God forbid, you do, it will be YOUR choice as to how you will grieve.

  • hottlanta

    Duck boats belongs on a lake in the park not on the ocean with white capped waves. Ducks dont belong in the ocean that is why they are called duck boats

  • Malcom Flex

    Boat rides are ok just ALWAYS wear a life vest. Last time I was on a boat a little ride on a lake, I was the only one wearing a life vest (I know how to swim, btw), then the water got a bit choppy and some people who snickered at me, ran to put on a life vest! If I was on that boat and the driver said you don't need a life vest I'd say IDGAF and strap that baby on!

  • Yodel-Lay-SHe-Whooo

    Exactly! Damn simple a$$ people posting BS!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I can't even right now ?????

  • Malcom Flex

    Bitter. I guess they hate their mama and grandmama, too cause they got no love for BW. It's a shame to see the lack of love and understanding for a sister going through a terrible tragedy.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Was on a lake.

    "on a Missouri lake"

    "Table Rock Lake"

  • NeverSurprised

    Heavenly Father, please give this brave woman the strength to endure this massive loss, and to soldier on for the sake of her surviving nephew.
    Amen

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She mentioned that she is Pisces so she is already an emotionally fragile person.
    Unfortunately it's going to hit her during the funerals.

  • Malcom Flex

    Agreed.

  • Malcom Flex

    SHE'S IN SHOCK. TF is wrong with some of yall? NO EMPATHY for a bw.

  • justlooking

    You name says alot about how Sick you are.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Given the weather conditions and the size of the victims I doubt they would have been strong enough swimmers to have survived any way.

  • the guest

    They would have to sedate me for the rest of my life. My heart is BROKEN for her and her nephew. I pray for their strength and comfort. In all this grief thank god, and count blessings, the two survivors have eachother.

  • Renee26

    No way I would go on any boat ride without a life vest... So sad

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They should have been shut down in 1999 when they had a similar accident.

  • TransMichelle

    Terrible situation. Actually they weren't supposed to be on that duck ride. There was a mix up with the tickets or something.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She doesn't have any tears left to shed.

  • Renee26

    If I go fishing I have one on...I can't swim and not taking any chances

  • NeverSurprised

    I hate being on the water and in the air. I feel completely at the mercy of mother nature (and mechanical failure) in both instances.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I agree

  • Malcom Flex

    She will be mentally wrecked till the day she dies no amount of money can cover her loss.

  • Nina Ross

    I’m sure she’s still in shock.... prayers

  • mzbestseller

    How in the world did u take what I said as being cold hearted?! Nothing that I wrote was insensitive at all.

  • cherrypie

    ???

  • FukkFolks2018

    I saw nothing wrong with this comment to warrant this.

  • TransMichelle

    True dat even people that can swim can drown

  • justlooking

    NO words just Broken.

    My prayers for peace and healing.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Maybe she's trying to wipe away Pain and Grief and
    Shock and Loss and Heartache and Sorrow...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I agree.

    Even though I am engineer I understand the power of moving water and I have seen big a$$ed cruise ships list I sure as hell wouldn't have gotten on that boat on that day with the weather looking that sinister.

  • mzbestseller

    Thank u!! Made me go back and read my own comment to see if maybe I typed in error?????

  • TransMichelle

    Because we can abort our babies at will. BW have the most abortions so how can they have compassion for someone else's babies?

  • RaginB

    For ratings..

  • Renee26

    Sometimes you can cry until you are all out of tears... The tear ducts only hold so much

  • Quitedeliteful

    I won't be so dumb in the future, that's for sure...

  • NeverSurprised

    Please. Stop. Just stop.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don't believe knowing how to swim would have helped many of the victims (maybe the children).

    The adults look as if they were not in the best physical condition.

  • NaeNae2015

    They need to stop propping that poor woman up on TV. First of all, she is not alright now matter what she says. She is still in shock. She has not even hit the tip of the grief she is about to go through. She probably will not even remember giving these interviews!!

  • hottlanta

    I am talking a small lake like a pond. Those waves where toooo big for that boat.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    She sure has not. Sudden death is hard.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    What are you talking about? Everyone is being empathetic.

  • Joy King

    Who in the world is passing judgment on this woman. She lost 9 members of her family. I don’t know how she’s able to get out of bed let alone talk. It has to be only by The Grace Of God. I cried the entire time reading this write up. If talking about what happened on television, gives her a reason to get up everyday and want to live, then so be it. She needs all the prayers and emotional support she can get.

  • cherrypie

    I agree. I heard that once it started sinking, the suction alone was so powerful that it just sucked everyone down. Its amazing that anyone survived. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims as well as the survivors and their families. How do you begin to even try and move forward?

  • Malcom Flex

    PREACH

  • FukkFolks2018

    To hear them tell it she should have put on a life jacket anyways. she should have not gotten on during a storm. None of them. They brung it on themselves.

  • guest

    omg so sad!!! always bring tears to my eyes. prayers prayers, preayers

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sending love to the family ..... I ain't watching or reading that shyt Tu-day .... Keep high vibes .... Much love to the victims. ..?

  • Trace da Ace

    please have several seats....DA FUK are you even talking about???

  • MJF

    This made me feel so sick. God bless her and all the other survivors. Sigh, here I am worried about getting a promotion and people have bigger issues like this. Makes you put things into perspective. So sad. God bless them.

  • Thingamajig

    I cried. This is so sad. My prayers are with her. RIP to her family.

  • SpillyNillie

    Whew! Lord cover her, please! May her love ones RIP...

  • cherrypie

    Your absolutley right! Your life can change in the blink of any eye. Be grateful for today because tomorrow is not promised to any of us. I also can't imagine what the nephew is going through at the tender age of 13.

  • Pitty Patty

    Lord, please watch over this lady and keep her covered. May she find some sort of peace and understanding in the future.

  • Malcom Flex

    ATTENTION. The Rose garden is swamped with a troll invasion. Yall should just block them they think BP are stupid enough to waste time debating. I got nathan to say to a dumb azz troll catch this block.

  • MJF

    Sigh, so true.I can't even imagine smh..so sad

  • FukkFolks2018

    Bitch die

  • Rayne

    I cry every time I see her. God please help ???? this woman! ????

  • Pitty Patty

    When I saw this story this weekend, I was going through something similar. My family and I had to bury my 24 year old cousin this weekend who was killed by an illegal Mexican drunk driver two weeks ago. It was so hard watching my cousin and his wife bury their son. The grief in the eyes was so extreme. I can only imagine what this lady must be going through. She lost her whole family. Jesus Christ.

  • Trace da Ace

    wow...really? This is where you are taking this??? I can't.......

  • BeUtFullSoul

    THIS !!! is so sad!!! my heart goes out to her and her nephew. I feel so bad for them.
    GOD be her peace and her comfort as she endures this season in her life. Continue to give her the strength to go on. :'-(

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Lord bless this woman my ? hurts for her.

  • Trace da Ace

    OMG!!! I am so sorry!!!! May God continue to bless and comfort you and your family!!! Prayers!!!

  • cherrypie

    I am so very sorry for your loss and the pain that you and your family are going through. No parent should ever have to bury their child. I'm so sorry.

  • cherrypie

    If you dont take your dumbazz on somewhere and stfu!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I blocked that thing after it started following me and replying to me.

  • Ryan

    Damn. I never cry but this is close. Damn.

  • Sid

    Everytime I see her face I want to cry. I just lost my father so I can’t even imagine losing my entire family. She is better then me because my mental state would be so whacked out I would be in the closet rocking somewhere. Keep strong sister

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I just lost my sister and today is an emotional day. I am sure I can not imagine her pain.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Who is "them"? I have not read any negative comments.

  • Mo Mobetta

    So freaking sad.. my heart pours out for her and the rest of the families who lost loved ones

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I’m so sorry ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    That part! I pray that they had some type of solace in their dad’s arms. I am paralyzed with fear just imagining it.

  • NeverSurprised

    As horrific as this loss is, imagine how many people will be more careful in the future because of it. Through her tragedy, other lives will be saved.

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • Rere

    She's stronger than me, I wouldn't be able to be interviewed???

  • Reina1718

    So heartbreaking

  • Owww76

    HORRIBLE! that poor woman! RIP to her loved ones! There are no words!!

  • Owww76

    Yes it sure does, you just never know. Live each day like it is your last. My grandma passed away last month at 87 unexpectedly from a heart attack. It makes you definitely put everything into perspective and not want to deal with any negativity at all.

  • cherrypie

    She probably said that the person was an illegal because they were and had no business driving. they lost a 24 year old family member. Have some compassion. And why are you so pressed about her choice of words anyway??

  • Guest©

    What else can she do? She lost her whole family. No one can understand what she's going through but God. I'm lifting her up in prayer.

  • MJF

    I'm really sorry for your loss. You're so right about that. xox

  • Question Everything

    So sorry for you

  • Question Everything

    YEP!

  • Nik

    "I pray that they had some type of solace in their dad’s arms."
    That part just made me tear up! Lord have mercy on that poor woman and her nephew.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Im Wyntertime Cold 24/7...And the last place I would want to be is on a prime time show telling my story...look at those girls who were kidnapped for years...even Elizabeth Smart didn't talk immediately....All Im saying is they must have paid her...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Well if she is out of her mind then maybe she needs to go home and make arrangements instead of talking sanely to reporters...Her family is gone....IF that were me I would have on a straitjacket and literally the last thing I would want to do is sit my ass in a chair and tell my story....over and over and over to the point of insanity....Im sorry for her loss her family was beautiful but she needs to sit down and start a gofundme or something because the funeral costs alone...Chile....

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    This brings tears to my eyes. So tragic. May they all rest in peace. May the lord lead her thru this hard time. I couldn't imagine.

  • Nik

    I was going to say the same, that she is probably still in shock. People handle tragedy differently and maybe the distraction of doing interviews is probably keeping her from being swallowed up in her grief.

  • Faithz

    Lord Have Mercy!!!!!!

  • Melinated Goddess??

    We all know you're not black. Cut the crap.

  • Faithz

    Sorry for you Lost, God will give you the strength you need to see you through.

  • Nik

    You just blessed me. I agree 100%.

  • Faithz

    Sorry for your lost.

  • Nik

    My condolences to you. Both my maternal grandparents and father all passed without warning; my grandmother from a heart attack after a bad argument with her rotten son, my grandfather died months later due to grief, and my father died of a heart attack getting ready for work. Everyone doesn't get the chance to prepare for death, so we must do our best to keep putting out positive energy and treat people right.

  • TransMichelle

    Don't flatter yourself. Why in the world would I follow you a nobody?

  • Faithz

    Ditto.

  • TransMichelle

    Oh I'm black alright. You just have to understand that not all black people are down with the black culture of debauchery.

  • Nik

    That's when the reality will fully set in. The interviews are probably a distraction for her and keeping her from falling all the way apart.

  • Faithz

    So very true.

  • Nik

    OMG!!!! Life jackets making it harder to escape? That is grounds for never getting on one of those death traps.

  • KLove

    Oh.

  • IamAllnatural

    Wow what a strong woman. I wouldn’t be able to cope, talk, or anything after going through what she has been through. May her family RIP and may God continue to give her strength and blessings. So sad...???

  • Applebootay
  • IamAllnatural

    Is your best friend illegal too?

  • Applebootay

    you must be mexican

  • Precious Henry

    My eyes are burning just from reading the article. I know I will cry if I press play. She is showing an amazing amount of strength by even speaking out at this time. God bless her and all the souls that were lost.

  • IamAllnatural

    Amen. Everything happens for a reason!

  • Applebootay

    I've been on one of those in boston....with my family and son.....I think they put one on my son...im not sure...but watch, they'll start making everyone wear one now.

  • SG

    Why would the captain advise against life jackets??? Especially for small children???

  • Shawty

    This article bought tears to my eyes....I'm done for the day!!!!

  • hi-liter

    Your profile indicates you have 1 comment/0 votes and you used your first comment to come here and say stupid, ignorant shit. smh

  • IamAllnatural

    What a harsh comment to make. You will never know how you would react until it happens to you.

  • hi-liter

    a bunch of crazy azz people in this room......everyone handles grief differently, why is everyone worried that she is doing TV interviews? Why can't she talk about HER tragic experience? When people die that you Love, its natural to want to talk about them, because after all is said and done, No One will remember HER family but her.

  • IamAllnatural

    And illegal!

  • Rainbowbelow

    I'm wiping away tears looking at your pic, does that count azzhole?

  • Ms. Jackson

    This is heartbreaking. I can even begin to imagine her pain.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yep, I agree.

  • cherrypie

    Nah you still need to stfu for the simple fact that you first came for someone who is grieving for the loss of a loved one because someone gave you a ride. Lol. But ima let you go on because you clearly have black women issues.

  • T3

    I can't even press play. This poor lady and her nephew. This is so tragic! A family vacation turned into a nightmare. So so sad and unfortunate. Prayers for them and the family.

  • T3

    My thoughts exactly. Like, what's the logic. I think I would have gotten them anyway if they were accessible. This is horrible.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I cry everytime I see her cry. Her picture alone, has me fighting back the tears. I know what it's like to lose a lot of people, at once. She will never be the same. There will be anger and depression. There will be moments when she won't want to take another breath, but every scar that heals, is a reminder that we are much stronger than we thought!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Everyone has had someone die under extraordinary circumstances...im just making a point that this new fast media age "gotta get the scoop first" F&ck the feelings is sickening...she lost 9 people the last thing anyone would want to do is be displayed on a tv screen like a trained giraffe at the zoo...if you dont agree oh well I got some tissues here...

  • C Mack

    You jumped in at the wrong time! If you insert yourself into a discussion where a person’s grieving, enter with tact!

    It’s not your place to ask for proof of anything! That’s why you were disrespected.

  • C Mack

    Should have just opted to not reply.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I cant even watch the interview. I cried just hearing what happened and seeing the picture of her. She lost all of her children, her husband and other family members, all in one day. I cannot imagine, the grief and pain, she's going through right now. I just want to hug her because this is beyond heartbreaking. I hope and pray that she has a wonderful support system, that she can talk to and will be there to lift her up, on those days, when she want to give up.

  • WhoKnew

    I'm sorry for your lost. I think I heard about your cousin's story on the news. Stay strong.

  • Renee26

    As they should

  • T3

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences for you and your family.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    She seems to be a firm believer in god. I think that will get her through. I'm an atheist, but I understand the power of religion. It can make a way for people who seemingly have no way at all.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I haven't read all of the comments but I don't think people are judging her, because they're saying she shouldn't be on tv. They may be speaking from what they think they would do, if something like this happened to them. I understand and agree with your point of view, but I also understand why they feel like giving interviews, may not be best for her right now. I think it's coming from a place of concern for her, not judgement. None of us know how we would deal with something like this (losing all of our kids, husband and family members, all at one time) and like you said, maybe this is her way of grieving.

  • IamAllnatural

    Really, “a trained giraffe at the zoo.” Your comments are so mean spirited as if you’re unhappy and in need of your own tissue.

  • Missy

    Ill answer for em, yes.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Whatever it takes, for her to stay sane. I'm surprised that she's able to get up in the morning. I feel so bad for her and her nephew.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Im not mean spirited or unhappy Im a realist...I base facts on real life notions and circumstances....This woman should not be on tv telling her story... a) because of liability...best believe the company that owns the duck boat franchise has a team of lawyers that are watching her every statement and seeing if it waivers just in case she sues..... B) Aforementioned with A) if she wants to go to court over this tragedy she will be held accountable and every single interview will be brought up, witnesses will be called to discredit her and her hearsay....it will be a mess...I know for a fact she must not have a good lawyer because any lawyer would tell her to keep her mouth closed until you hear from the other party...She's out here free styling when she should be more meticulous....

  • Ms. Cree

    My heart. Lord give them the stregnth.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I'm so sorry!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Man fukk you. My daughter and I were hit almost head on on 6/28 by an illegal ass Hispanic. No license. Fukka totaled my car. Knocked my whole back axle off. WE were almost killed. Held up all the insurance everything bc he refuses to cooperate. I will call him illegal if I feel like it. Who gonna check me and who are you to check someone who has had a loss.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Well wooptidty fukkin DEW. Tell him to get his fellow amigos together then

  • Coffee1st

    Unimaginable.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I am going to pray for her for the days when the news outlets stop calling her for interviews . When the phone stops ringing from concerned family members and friends. When folks think she should be ok.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Way below

  • Coffee1st

    I’m so sorry. My condolences.

  • Coffee1st

    it’s just not the time. this person just LOST someone. and you comb his/her comment with a fine tooth comb???? and go in????
    c’mon now.
    i know you know better than that.

  • Coffee1st

    I KNEW something was off with you!!
    Thanks for clarifying.

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Stop lying! You are not black. You're a racist! Wtf is black culture? Black people all over the diaspora all have different cultures, customs and nationalities. Black people are not a monolith. We are not all alike. You just proved you're not black once again! You're a racist shit head. Quick question who's you're avatar and screen name an ode to? I know who. I want to see what bullshit lie you'll come up with next though.

  • Coffee1st

    Keep it.
    I hear trolls stay munchie.
    This “conversation” is now closed.

  • Coffee1st

    I can deal with
    flying...for some reason.
    But i WONT do boats, yachts, ships, ferries - evah.

  • Ms D

    OMG!!! I couldn’t imagine. Praying for this sister

  • TooMuchTea

    And Sometimes people just need to talk. Whatever helps her get through.

  • Taj

    "We are much stronger than we thought!" This made me weep. I was already crying watching Mrs. Coleman speak, that just took me over. All praises to The Most High!

  • Malai

    Vanna absolutely.. there is no need for all of this.. it hasn’t even been a WEEK since this all happened and she’s everywhere talking about it like she just won a prize for growing the largest turnip or something.. losing several generations in ONE day like that is beyond devastating ?

  • dontgetblocked

    I can't watch this. I heard that $600,000 has been donated to help her bury her family. At least she doesn't have to worry about that. But how do you go on with your whole family gone due this tragedy? I'm praying for her and her nephew.

  • Wayup!

    she probably just don't have nobody to talk to...I mean her WHOLE FAMILY DEAD..I would be running my mouth too just so I wouldn't kill myself

  • Wayup!

    this why she talking to the press,,,she's beside herself

  • Wayup!

    HELLOOOOOOOOO

  • Bee jaay Cee

    This is too much. I'm so sorry for her. I postponed reading this until today....I can't.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Nothing can take the place of what happened, She will also have guilt and anger wondering why she was spared. If she were not black she probably would commit suicide. If it were me...I wouldn't want to live.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Not today, not now asshole.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    We all know that, but do you have any empathy for others?

  • Soon2BWife

    My Jesus! Me too the silence is going to be so hard. I pray that she will have someone living with her full time or vice versa.

  • CocoBabe88

    What makes it so f*cked up is that the captain told them they didn’t need the life jackets. If everyone put one on they most likely would’ve survived.

  • NeverSurprised

    So, so sorry for your family's loss. May your cousin Rest In Peace, and may you all find the strength to endure this tragedy.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    It's so sad. Smh.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    Some people find a reason to live. I have a coworker whose whole family died in a plan crash five years ago. Her four children, husband and mother-in-law. She is always at work with a happy face and positive vibes. She hugs everyone. I asked her about how she kept her sanity, and she said she positive things in life out weighed the negative. She's one of my real life hero's.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    OMG this is so sad. I can't hear nothing else bad this week.

    Jesus please give her comfort and strength.

  • CookieMobster

    This is so sad, and why I made damn sure my baby KNEW how to swim like a fish, by age 4!!! My thoughts and prayers are with this woman. May Jesus send her peace and strength.

  • Oya Shango

    I think she might also be doing it to garner financial support for all of those funerals and burials. That is a TON of money she will need. Honestly, I think the state should offer to pay for it.

  • BingBangBoom

    So wait. Big people don't float? I was told by my much bigger friends that they floated not swim

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    The saddest thing ever....God Bless you with strength to get through it all. So sad.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Condolences

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Sympathies to you.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Sorry for your loss

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Sis I'm so glad y'all ok.

  • MsChocolate

    ??

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Perhaps her tear ducts are drained dried out from crying too much. Empathy people...

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    My heart aches and breaks for her.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Poor lady... She don't know what to do.... This is so tragic... !

  • Kimberly King

    Bless her heart. I hope and pray she seeks some sort of grief counseling. I know for a fact I would mentally tap out if I lost my husband and all three of my babies. RIP to everyone who passed! And I would have grabbed the life jacket regardless of what that crazy captain was saying.

  • Chuck

    I feel sorry for Tia, and am wondering why she keeps doing these press conferences and interviews? Get off of TV & get some counseling. I guess Oprah will interview her next.

  • Chuck

    The captain isn’t responsible for your kids and your safety; you are! GTFOH with that bs!

  • Kimberly King

    Right ! I believe her talking to the media and crying is like an outlet. Whatever gets her through this, let her do it! I couldn’t even begin to imagine what she’s going through. I honestly would have been wishing for my death if I lost my children and husband all in one day. I hope she has a support system to genuinely be there for her.

  • Chuck

    But, I want her to stop and get some counseling because the world will use her until there is nothing left.

  • Cali

    That IS her therapy, WHO TF ARE YOU to JUDGE? Do you have a similar situation?

  • Cali

    She can heal HOWEVER she decides, dumbazz

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Does any of those people look as if they strong swimmers those conditions?

    The adults look out of shape and obese.

  • Sweet Black Cherri

    Honestly she is paid for these appearances and she will need it because she has to bury and husband and three children. Insurance is gonna eat that alive and she has to live and probably take care of her surviving nephew. It may also be cathartic for her to talk about it and, if need be, it could help with any lawsuits that she may file.

  • Sweet Black Cherri

    I would probably have to sell my house. No way I could walk around and see those empty rooms and still be okay. I lost my whole family!!! God give her all the strength she will need Lord. Amen

  • bemetoo

    ???????????????????????????????

  • the guest

    I think the press or any outlet to talk about her pain may be cathartic and affirming for her to be heard. There is no fault to be found with a grief that profound and deep. Every ear that will listen to her is like therapy to her. She wants her pain heard and validated and she will need and want that for a long time. She can talk to the whole world until the end of time and I support her voice and healing.

  • the guest

    AMEN!!!!!

  • the guest

    I pray she adopts her nephew and raises him as her son. That way they can begin anew as mother and son. She will need to mother and her nephew needs a mother. I pray there are people who will surround this new mother and son figure with comfort and help them establish a new beginning as a family. I believe this will be healing to establish a sense of family as soon as possible.

  • the guest

    True. But he is a professional and expert figure whose guidance people are to trust on a boat. Nevertheless, I STILL would have insisted on my family wearing life jackets. And honestly, never would I go on or bring my children on a duck boat. They look weak, heavy, unstable, dangerous.

  • the guest

    EXACTLY.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I'm in my 40's and I always remembered my Momma saying to me that I need to learn how to swim. I just never took the time to learn. Believe me, I know it's my fault. Starting to reconsider it tho.

  • Yoni7

    Bless that woman's heart.

  • Yoni7

    Almighty bless this woman's heart. Give her strength. Mrs. Coleman, grieve how you need to. Speak when you feel like it. Your healing is your process. It's going to be a long hard road, but you WILL survive......for your family. I pray that you find the strength to go on. May The Almighty bless you this and EVERY day of your life.

  • Owww76

    Thank you very much! I appreciate it!

  • ShWa

    Tears to my eyes reading this how will she be okay after this??? Lord give this woman the strength to continue on without her family, lord put your arms around her and help her in jesus name.

  • ShWa

    She is probably still in shock everyone reacts differently, I'm sure she will be counseled as she will need it, I pray for her to be lifted and guided and strengthened.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    This is truly sad..

  • Simone

    My heart feels for her...this is so sad and devastating. I pray for healing and strength in the name of Jesus.

    **Anytime anyone gets on a boat they need to have on a life jacket.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Why did I read this!... Why did I read this! I knew I wouldn't be able to keep a dry eye. That poor woman her poor children and the fear everyone on that boat must have faced. I am terrified of water for this very reason. I know I would have put a life jacket on me and my children regardless of what the captain said but they trusted him. This is so terrible this woman will need therapy for the rest of her life. I pray she fights her struggles and the demands that may be telling her to end her life to be with her kids and family, I pray she gets the care she needs to be able to live somewhat of a normal life. God bless her soul.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Sometimes talking about it and sharing your pain can be helpful to the healing process.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    So sad. But it's a reminder to take all things into consideration for yourself when it comes to safety. I am a lifeguard level swimmer and love being in and on the water. But the conditions that day... no small boat or amphibious vehicle captain could tell me it was ok and if the water got choppy, I would have at least put Life jackets on the kids. I've done it before. Stay safe and be careful with these money-hungry companies. I feel for her and her nephew... It will take prayer, therapy and time to get through this

  • Bambi

    So heartbreaking, why lord? Ugh

  • itsjismemelly

    crying real tears right now

  • Tahj

    Jesus..... GOD BLESS HER !!!! Father GOD..... SMH. I cant even deal right now.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Exactly she needs to chill

  • colejk

    First, I want to say that I couldn’t stop thinking about what Tia Coleman is going through & continue to pray for her. I also donated to the go fund me—before the goal was raised from $500k to $1million a couple days ago. She absolutely deserves support, but my concern is that she’s doing a lot of interviews & I don’t know if she’s being encouraged by others who are running her campaign as a way to raise more $$—but the page references Tia as the only recipient. Not her nephew or her in law’s relatives. So I’m genuinely hoping that the fund helps others in the family as well. Strange that we haven’t heard from that side of the family yet.

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    i would do interviews to so that the WHOLE WORLD KNOWS that the reason her family died was because of the boat company and it's employees not advising their customers to wear LIFE JACKETS, THE TOUR BOAT WASN'T UP TO CODE, AND IN TIA'S VERY FIRST INTERVIEW SHE SAID HER HUSBAND WOULD WANT HER TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT THE BOAT DRIVER TOLD THEM THEY WOULDN'T NEED LIFE VEST....I WOULD SCREAM IT AND LET EVERY NEWS OUTLET KNOW THAT THEY WEREN'T ADVISED TO USE A LIFE JACKET....SHE'S DOING THE RIGHT THING...IN FACT SHE'S HELPING ALL FAMILIES BY TELLING THE TRUTH...!!!!

  • colejk

    If it’s her wish to do interviews & have an outlet, I have no problem with it—especially if it’s healing for her. I simply hope that she’s not being urged to do it by anyone around her (instead of focusing on her well being) & that the fund for donations benefits the whole family. Period. I pray those managing the fund are truly looking out for ALL their best interests.

  • Genia W-m

    Another survivor in that boat has done interviews too and she's just a teenager! She lost her father and brother. Their mother was shopping and she called her husband and he said things looked 'really' bad and to take care of the kids. The father knew they were doomed. The teen is also experiencing survivor's guilt. She wants to know why she wasn't taken.
    Also, there were two prior incidents to this in 1999. One in Fl and the other in AR, killing a lot of passengers. This boat was not made for this. It was made for the military. An inspector said he told the owner last year this Duck boat was unsafe and that the canopy would cause the boat to become a grave. There were no exits. They need to BAN these boats for good!!

  • Genia W-m

    Yes, I've advised folks to not listen to anyone going on the ocean, river, lake, etc., telling them not to use a life jacket. Put it on anyway. Some American's parasailing in another country and the cable broke. The company had been cited multiple times just like you said, 'money hungry'.

  • Wayup!

    Unfortunately it's not up to you tell her when to get healing...
    she's going through the stages right now let's just let her have that...

  • parisjok

    yeah, BUT her having her entire family on that shaky ass boat both her and her husband should have said hell no I am using my common sense and NOT going out here on all this water without using the only protection available.

    having all my babies with me that would have been 100% my responsibility and he would not have left before I was able to have one on my entire family. In today's society you have to be so sharp all the time because too many folks always trying to get u to take shortcut for what ever reason!!!

    society did not use to be like this but it is like that today and you have to always try to be one step ahead of situations. As a mom I would never ever ever have bought a one year old baby on such a small shaky vessel. just sayin. not trying to say it was ALL the parents fault but it was some of their fault for not making smarter decisions on this subject matter.

  • Nicol B

    God bless her. That is a horrific tragedy. I think i'm done with SR for the day. Bye!