Suit alleges no one at the helm during ship collision

David Yates May 25, 2011, 5:00am

A Jefferson County resident alleges his ship collided with another vessel because no one was driving the charging boat.

Duc Ngo filed suit against S&T Marine, Thu Nguyen and Lan Vo on May 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, sometime in February Ngo was operating his vessel, the Jacob Doan, when the defendants' vessel, Master Dustin II, collided with it.

"As the Master Dustin II approached ... plaintiff noticed that there was no one in the wheel house," the suit states. "Shortly thereafter, the Master Dustin II collided with the Jacob Doan, despite plaintiff taking evasive action."

The suit alleges the defendants negligently failed to keep a proper lookout and use prudent care.

Ngo is suing for repair expenses and loss of profits.

Beaumont attorney John Parsons of Lindsay, Lindsay & Parsons represents him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-058

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