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One killed, three injured when boat hits Louisiana barge

Nov 20, 2017 08:59 AM

One of the boaters was ejected and recovered by a boat launched from the 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.

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