Five killed in boating accident

May 21, 2009 12:13:17 PM PDT
Louisiana officials say five men in town for a fishing tournament died when their 24-foot aluminum boat ran under one end of a barge. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Captain Samuel Martin says the boat hit the barge late Wednesday but wasn't discovered until Thursday morning.

Martin says all bodies have been recovered, and investigators are working to notify the men's families. He did not know whether they were local.

It happened about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans on the Falgout Canal between Theriot and Dulac. The barge was being used to stablilize the bank.

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

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