Body Found On Barge Alerted Workers To Boat Crash That Killed Five

HOUMA, La. (May 22, 2009)--Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a late-night boating wreck that killed three Texas men and two men from Louisiana was discovered when a work crew arrived the next morning and found a body on the barge they were using.

The coroner's senior investigator, Gary Alford, said the man evidently managed to climb up onto the barge from the 24-foot aluminum fishing boat after the crash late Wednesday.

He said preliminary autopsies Thursday night indicate that all five died of head trauma.

He said the bodies have been released to families, after blood was taken for testing.

Wildlife and Fisheries spokeswoman Marianne Burke says investigators don't know how fast the boat was going when it hit the barge.

The accident happened about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans on the Falgout Canal between Theriot and Dulac.

A crew that was stabilizing the bank of the canal was using the barge.

Ernie Bennett, who is on the board of the Houma Oilman's Invitational Fishing Tournament, said the men were among about 3,000 entered in the tournament that begins Friday.


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