Two People Killed When Recreational Boat Hits Moored Barge

Two people were killed May 7 when a recreational boat collided with a moored barge located parallel to shore in the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (Industrial Canal) in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was investigating the incident and recovered both boaters’ bodies. They were identified as Kennie Joseph, 58, of New Orleans, and Norman Wright, 39, of New Orleans. Joseph’s body was recovered May 7. Wright’s was recovered May 10, the agency said. Their bodies were turned over to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

WDWF agents said the investigation has shown that Wright’s 15-foot fiberglass boat collided with the barge.