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4 die in Gulf of Mexico boating accident

By Associated Press
February 14, 2011

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VENICE, La. — Investigators are working to find out if weather or wave conditions played a role in a boat accident in the Gulf of Mexico that left four people dead, authorities said yesterday.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said a boat carrying five people took on water and capsized Saturday.

Einck said Heath Dowsey of Alabama, 33, was the only survivor. Einck said three of those who died were from Alabama: Randy Dowsey, the survivor’s father; Wayne Dowsey, the survivor’s uncle; and a woman, Kerri Burns. Einck said Kenny Mock of Metairie, La., also died.

Based on interviews with the survivor, officials believe the boat’s engine quit before it began taking on water and overturned.

The lone survivor was found by an oil industry supply vessel Saturday. He was treated for mild hypothermia. The boat capsized about three miles offshore, near the South Pass entrance of the Mississippi River.

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