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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Louisiana After Charter Fishing Boat Collides with Lake Barre Wellhead

A Texas man tragically died last Friday, after a 25-foot center console boat struck a wellhead in Lake Barre near Cocodrie, Louisiana.

According to a press release from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, the boating accident was reported at 11:07 p.m. on Friday evening. Six men and the captain of the vessel where on a fishing charter trip in Lake Barre when the boat struck a wellhead in the water.

Jacob E. Fulmer II, age 36, of Ector, Texas died after being ejected from the boat.

Two other men were also ejected. They were rescued, and sustained only minor injuries.

The Terrebonne Parish Sherriff’s Office Water Patrol and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries responded to the accident. The U.S. Coast Guard is now investigating.

The charter boat company involved in the accident has not been identified.

Wellheads a Boating Hazard in Louisiana’s Coastal Marshes

Wellheads are common along the coastal marshes of Southern Louisiana, and they can prove hazardous to marine traffic.

In July 2013, a crew boat came into contact with a wellhead nine miles south of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, causing the wellhead to spew oily water into the surrounding marshland.

“We have had about 20 of these minor spills since the BP oil spill,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told ABC News at the time. “But, they get cleaned up pretty quickly.”

A similar incident occurred in July 2010, when a towing vessel struck an orphaned oil well off the southeastern Louisiana coast, causing the well to spew oil and gas into Barataria Bay.

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