LDWF release update on boating accident investigation

William R. Morrison, 65, died after he was ejected into the water when his fishing boat was struck by another vessel, driven by Shannon Mctire, 39, in a bend of the Cane River.

A passenger in Morrison’s boat, Teresa Halbert, wasn’t seriously injured in the accident.

Morrison and Halbert were stationary fishing in a bend on the Cane River at approximately 7:20 a.m. when the accident occurred. Mctire came around the bend in the river and collided with the vessel’s bow, knocking Morrison into the river. Morrison was in the bow of the boat fishing and Halbert in the aft.

Mctire immediately stopped his boat and jumped in the water to assist Morrison, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charges are pending in the case, however, alcohol was not a factor.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident led by LDWF Sgt. Joseph Melton.