Mandi Keller credited God for saving her 15-year-old girl daughter Gillian After 17 other people died when “Ride the Ducks” boat tour sank in Table Rock Lake on July 19 in Branson, Missouri.
Keller told the Springfield News-Leader:
I feel fortunate. God spared my child and she is coming home alive and not in a body bag.
The Friendly Atheist noted Keller’s disturbing logic:
If God spared her child, the implication is that God chose not to spare the lives of any of those 17 other people. in Keller’s mind, the same God who killed those people allowed her daughter to make it out alive, and she’s praising Him for it.
Tia Coleman, who lost nine family members in the accident, shared her thoughts to WTTV:
My heart is very heavy. Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving – that’s me and my nephew. I lost all my children, my brother-in-law.
Coleman recalled the boat captain told them “don’t worry about grabbing the life jackets – you won’t need them,” so none of the family members grabbed them:
However in doing that, when it was time to grab them, it was too late and I believe that a lot of people could have been spared.