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Motorboat slams into downed tree; 2 men killed, 1 woman hurt

Posted: 11:39 AM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 12:39:39-04
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PORT VINCENT, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say two men died when their motorboat slammed into a fallen tree.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 23-year-old woman was injured in the wreck that killed 29-year-old Dustin Gore of St. Amant and 27-year-old Trent Kelly of Baton Rouge.

A news release sent Friday says the woman called about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, saying they'd hit a tree in the Upper Amite River north of Bayou Manchac.

Agents told her to get a life vest from the wrecked, snagged and partly sunken boat to stay afloat until help could arrive. The department says a good Samaritan got her to a boat launch upriver from Port Vincent, and she was taken from there to a hospital.

Agents found the men's bodies near the 16-foot aluminum boat.