Monday, May 30, 2005

12 year old boy missing after barge boat collision

Search continues for 12-year-old boy missing in bayou The Associated Press May 29, 2005 ARTICLE FEATURES • e-mail this article • print this article • discuss this article After a day of searching, a 12-year-old boy was still missing Sunday after he was thrown into a bayou near here when his vessel collided with an empty barge pushed by a tugboat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard airplanes gave up the search Sunday afternoon, but a small boat crew continued the search for Ben Ribando, said Petty Officer Kyle Niemi, a Coast Guard spokesman. Russel Ribando, a 76-year-old retired doctor, was with four of his grandchildren when his small cabin cruiser hit an empty barge being pushed by the tugboat Leah Cenac on Bayou Cutler. All five boaters landed in the water and four of them were rescued, the Coast Guard said. The other youth on the boat, Russel Ribando III, was taken to West Jefferson Hospital while the other boaters did not sustain serious injuries, authorities said. The Leah Cenac was not damaged in the incident, nor were there any injuries reported to its crew. There were no reports of pollution from either vessel. Dateline Alabama | APN | E-mail Story | Print Story | Discuss Story

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