Working aboard vessels on the powerful lower Mississippi River is fraught with danger. That was brought home to three families recently who lost their loved ones after two towing vessels collided on the river near Luling.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, two towing vessels, the RC Crepple and the Cooperative Spirit made impact on the river, causing the RC Crepple to capsize and sink. Four crewman were tossed into the water upon the impact. One was picked up by a local boater, but the other three remain missing and presumed dead.
According to media reports, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search and recovery operations for the three missing crewmen. The family of one mariner from Mississippi held a candlelight memorial this week for him. His son posted his regrets and grief on social media posts, expressing sorrow that his children would never again see their grandfather.
Accidents on the Mississippi River can quickly turn deadly, as the roiling currents and undertows can sink even the strongest swimmers wearing life jackets. If you survive such an accident or if you are the family member of a deceased crewman, it is important that you know and understand your rights under the law.
Maritime law differs from Louisiana personal injury law. If you decide to pursue civil justice after a maritime accident, you will need a reputable attorney who practices maritime law at the helm of your case.
While no amount of money can ever replace your loved one’s presence in your life, seeking damages after a riverboat accident can help you find closure and provide you with the funds to cover your living expenses.