Michael Abella Aug. 8, 2016, 12:34pm


NEW ORLEANS — A commercial diver is suing a support vessel and pipeline operators, alleging their negligence caused injuries to the plaintiff. 

Brian Beadell filed a complaint on July 27, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against C-Dive LLC of Houma and Gulf South Pipeline Company LP of Baton Rouge, alleging negligence in failing to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 26, 2015, on waters off the Louisiana coast, there was an explosion and subsequent fireball engulfing the back deck of M/V MS Kerci. The suit says crew members were required to abandon the vessel and, in the process, Beadell struck the side of the vessel, thereby sustaining injuries to his back and ribs. 

The lawsuit says Beadell's injuries caused him to suffer pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of wages and medical expenses. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide an adequate crew, failed to properly train crew members, failed to provide adequate and safe equipment for pipeline work and failed to ensure that the pipeline had been properly purged.

Beadell seeks a trial by jury, judgment for all damages that are reasonable in the premises, plus interest, all legal costs of these proceedings and all relief the court deems proper. He is represented by attorneys Charles C. Bourque and Joseph G. Jevic III of St. Martin & Bourque in Houma.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-13318

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