Ripley Entertainment reflects one year after 'Ride the Ducks' tragedy

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BRANSON, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Friday, July 19 marks one year since tragedy struck Table Rock Lake when a 'Ride the Ducks' boat sank after severe weather suddenly rolled through the area, killing 17 people. Over the past year, more than half of the claims brought against Ripley Entertainment have been settled. Below is their statement in regards to this one year mark.

“A year ago, an unprecedented storm on Table Rock Lake changed many lives and the Branson community. Not a day has passed that we don’t think about those who lost their lives and their families.

We know we can never fully understand the pain and challenges the families who were affected by the accident have faced, but Ripley Entertainment has worked hard to offer help wherever we can. We are deeply committed to supporting these families. A recent court filing outlines the settlements we have reached with many of the families, and we continue to work with others.

As we look to the future, we are committed to Branson and this amazing community. Our Ride The Ducks building and property are important to the Branson tourism economy, and we want to ensure it continues to contribute. To do so, we opened the new Branson Top Ops attraction to serve and encourage tourism, create jobs for the hardworking people who live and work here, and support the surrounding businesses.

We saw firsthand the impact First Responders have in this community. To show our appreciation, ten percent of all admissions proceeds, with a minimum amount of $100,000, will be donated to local Police, Fire, and EMS, who put their lives on the line to make Branson a safer place.

We are dedicated to working with the community of Branson, and continuing our support of the families and employees who were impacted by the accident.”

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