One killed, three injured when boat hits Louisiana barge

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard medevaced three people whose vessel struck a barge near Bayou Segnette, La., on Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers received a report at 4:15 a.m. of a 22-foot recreational vessel with four passengers aboard that collided with a barge, veered off and then ran aground, ejecting one of the individuals. The barge launched a small boat to assist. They recovered the ejected individual and brought them to emergency services.

Watch standers directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 5:33 a.m. Jefferson Sheriff’s Parish Office and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries crews also responded.

The MH-65 air crew arrived on scene at 6:18 a.m. and medevaced three of the passengers to West Jefferson Medical Hospital.

One of the passengers is confirmed deceased and three others were reported in serious and critical conditions.

By Professional Mariner Staff