Defendants dismissed from injury suit over ship collision

David Yates May 23, 2012, 8:59am


A pair of defendants have been dismissed from a suit alleging a seaman was injured when his ship collided with another vessel because no one was at the wheel of the charging boat.

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

Court records show that on March 15 Ngo filed a motion to dismiss Nguyen and vo with prejudice.

The following month, Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, granted the motion on April 18.

Court records further show that on Dec. 8 Ngo filed a motion for non-suit concerning S&T Marine, stating that he had been informed that the company has no connection with the incident.

That same day, Judge Sanderson granted the motion, dismissing S&T Marine without prejudice.

The suit alleged that sometime last February, Ngo was operating his vessel, the Jacob Doan, when the 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."

Ngo was suing for repair expenses and loss of profits.

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

Case No. B190-058

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