Tugboat Captain Killed In Crane Accident
In the early hours of Thursday morning, an accident on the Industrial Canal, which connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, lead to fatal injuries to a 46 yeard old tugboat captain.
The captain was killed when a crane fell on his boat while he passed under the Florida Avenue Bridge. According to early reports, the captain was pushing a crane barge. When passing under the open vertical lift bridge, the crane struck the bridge, causing the crane to fall backwards into the wheelhouse of the tugboat. The Port of New Orleans stated that the bridge was raised to above the requested height.
The Harbor Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and EMS all responded, but the captain was pronounced dead on the scene.
Offshore injuries and deaths are covered under a federal law called the Jones Act. The Jones Act (also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) regulates maritime commerce and provides for the promotion and maintains of seaman.