Boat Collision in Rockefeller Refuge Leaves One Dead, Another In Serious Condition

A boating incident between a recreational boat and an oilfield crew boat resulted in one fatality and left two others injured in Cameron Parish last Thursday.

Wildlife and Fisheries reported that the accident occurred around 8 a.m. on October 8th.  The oilfield crew boat, which was carrying two, and the other boat carrying a family of three collided in a curve in a canal in Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

The family, a father and his two adult sons, were flung from their boat by the impact.  They were pulled from the water by the members of the crew boat who then docked at a nearby landing and contacted an ambulance.

The three men, who had planned on fishing that day, were taken to South Cameron Hospital, and were subsequently separated due to the nature of their injuries.  The father was treated and released.  One son was airlifted to Lafayette General Medical Center and is listed in serious condition.  The other son was medevaced to to Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles where he succumbed to his injuries.

The two men on the crew boat checked upon arrival of the ambulance and had no serious injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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