July 4, 2016 – A Dry Prong man was killed Saturday morning on the Cane River near Natchitoches when the boat in which he was fishing was struck by another vessel. William R. Morrison, 65, was ejected into the water and died when a boat driven by Shannon Mctire, 39, hit the vessel in which Morrison was fishing.
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.