A father and his two sons went out fishing on Thursday, October 8th. They told their family goodbye and headed out early, but the 15-foot aluminum flat-bottom boat didn’t return home that day.
Boat Accident Sends Fishermen To The Emergency Room
The father, sons fishing trip took a turn for the worse when the men were negotiating a curving canal and came upon a 20-foot V-bottom commercial vessel. The two boats collided, ejecting one fisherman and partially ejecting another. The two oil field workers on the 20-footer jumped into action and brought all three men aboard their vessel. They contacted the Coast Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, and met an ambulance at a nearby landing.
What Happened To The Fishermen?
The three fishermen were taken to South Cameron Hospital, where the father was treated and released, but both of his sons needed more specialized care. One was airlifted to Lafayette General Medical Center, where he was last listed as being in serious condition. The other son was flown to Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles, but his injuries proved too severe to recover from.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Lake Charles are jointly investigating the crash and are offering no extra details at this time. Hopefully they can find answers for this embattled family.
Unfortunately, boating accidents are common in Louisiana. Sometimes alcohol is involved, sometimes speeding is the culprit, and sometimes negligence causes tragedy on the open water, but help is always on standby. The lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat are experienced maritime lawyers who have handled thousands of cases. Learn more about what we do by following our blog, Facebook and Twitter.
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