Kyle Barnett Jun. 15, 2013, 10:17am

GRETNA – The Jefferson Parish government is suing a number of commercial boat owners whose vessels it claims struck and damaged a water line providing fresh water to the barrier island community of Grand Isle.

The suit was filed against Crosby Marine Transportation LLC, AC Marine Inc., Seacor LB Offshore LLC, Master Marine Towing Inc., United Tugs Inc., Highland Marine LLC and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 17.

Jefferson Parish states that it owns and maintains a water line feeding potable water from the mainland to barrier island community of Grand Isle. On July 2, 2012 it alleges the M/V Miss Stacie, M/V Mr. Nelson, M/V Seacor Power, M/V Larry J. Hebert, M/V Emmett Eymard and M/V Lauren A. struck and damaged the water line.

The defendants are accused of negligent hiring and training of crew and causing extensive damage to the water line.

Damages in the amount of $281,338.41 is sought for costs of repair and related expenses.

The Parish of Jefferson is represented by Assistant Parish Attorney W. Reed Smith of the Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office.

The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Stephen D. Enright Jr.

Case no. 726-026.

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