Four rescued after boat collision in Plaquemines Parish

Don Ames
February 17, 2019 - 12:55 pm

The Coast Guard says a two-boat crash Saturday morning in a Plaquemines Parish waterway threw a group of people into a channel of the Mississippi River near Boothville-Venice. 

Official say a 24-foot bay boat and a 40-foot commercial deck boat were sailing in a channel of the river just north of Venice, when they apparently collided.

The crash sunk the smaller boat and all four people on board were thrown into the water.

The eight-person crew of the deck boat threw them life jackets and pulled them aboard just before a Coast Guard boatcrew arrived.

The rescue crew took the four passengers of the bay boat to Ochsner Medical Center in Terrytown. No major injuries were reported. 

The 24-foot boat is now half sunken in Baptiste Collete Bayou awaiting salvage. 

Officials said the cause of the collision is still under investigation. 

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