Tragic Boating accident
This weekend the Houma (Louisiana) Oilmen's Fishing Rodeo was held. It is attended by about 4000 people in the oil industry and is a very nice affair with many of the service companies having stands and "hospitality*camps" in and around Cocodrie, La.*an oil and fishing center, (See, they can coincide).** Thursday night about 8:30 a group of 5*left a crawfish boil held at a camp on one of the canals, they were headed a few miles down the canal to another camp where they were lodging. They were in a 24 foot open sportfishing boat. Friday morning the body of one of the group was discovered by a worker on the deck of a barge moored in the canal, the rest of the group 4 men were found in the submerged fishing boat. Apparently they had run into the barge shortly after leaving the crawfish boil. On impact one was thrown onto the barge were he died, the rest killed on impact or drowned when the boat hit the barge and sunk. The dead were from Louisiana and Texas.
Not much else has been released yet, the barge was being used in a construction project the owners insist it had the legal lights on that night.
A very sad accident, not trawler related except to remind all of us to be very careful out on the water. One split second can change a wonderful outing to tragedy for five families, and many others.