Melville, LA Tugboat Crashes Into Bridge Support, May 1950


Opelousas, La., May 20. (AP) - Six tugboat crewmen are missing and presumed drowned today after their boat crashed into an Atchafalaya River bridge support at Melville, La., and sank shortly before midnight.
The tugboat owners, the Oil Transport Company of New Orleans, identified the missing men as:
FLOYD L. ASHLEY, an oiler from New Orleans.
TIMOTHY CUSHING, a deck hand from Gretna, La.
HAROLD LYNCH, cook from New Orleans.
RUSSELL RANDOLPH, pilot from Paducah, Ky.
LENNIS VERRET, pilot from New Orleans.
W. R. WELDON, master from St. Louis, Mo.
Five men rescued by a ferry-boat and a motor launch told authorities the missing six were below deck when the tug struck the bridge support.
"Some of the six might have been awake, the rescued men said, but they did not know whether they got on deck before the tug submerged," Jackson said.
The sheriff's office at Melville said the rescued men were:
Bill Hack, chief engineer from New Orleans.
William Moore, deck hand from Tampa, Fla.
Robert Jones, first engineer from St. Louis.
Vince Matherne, oiler from La Rose, La.
Harry Odom, deck hand from New Orleans.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Texas 1950-05-21