Monday, May 30, 2005
Coast Guard crews have been searching a bayou south of Lafitte, LA with a helicopter and rescue boat in an effort to find a 12-year-old boy who disappeared after two boats collided. Rescue crews from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also have joined the search for the boy, whose name has not been released. The boy was one of five boaters who fell into the water after a collision between a small cabin cruiser and an empty barge being pushed by the Tugboat Leah Cenac. Authorities say the other four who landed in the water -- three adults and a teenager -- were rescued. The adults did not sustain serious injuries in the crash. But the other youth, who is 14, was taken to West Jefferson Hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown. The tug boat was not damaged in the incident, nor were there any injuries reported to its crew.