Five dead as boat runs into moored barge at night

By Calvin Palmer

Five men died when their 24-foot aluminum boat ran under one end of a barge on the Falgout Canal near Houma, Louisiana.

The accident happened late Wednesday night but was not discovered until this morning, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Capt Samuel Martin said.

The men were killed when their heads hit the moored barge’s slanting underside.

Two of victims were from Louisiana — Michael James Carrere, 44, of Houma; and Carey J. Meche, 52, from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie.

The other three were from Texas — Rene Joseph Gauthier, 59, of Houston; Lawrence Henry Flak, 54, Conroe; and William Norris Voss, 49, of Katy.

The barge was being used to stabilize the bank on the canal between Theriot and Dulac. The authorities are trying to determine if it was lit.

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

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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