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Wrongful death suit brought against Cat5 Resources, employee allegedly crashed airboat


By David Yates | Jul 22, 2019


BEAUMONT – A wrongful death lawsuit has been brought against Cat5 Resources.

Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Taylor Elmore and Marsha Nichols, individually and on behalf of the estates of Sam and Trevor Elmore, filed suit against Cat5 and Billie Miller on July 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on April 8, 2018, Sam Elmore was on Miller’s airboat in Taylor Bayou in Port Arthur when Miller “negligently failed to navigate” and caused the boat to sink.

“As a result of the accident, Sam Elmore and his son, Trevor Elmore, drowned,” the suit states. “Their bodies were recovered later the same day.”

Miller was within the course and scope of his employment with Cat5 at the time of the incident, according to the suit.

Miller is accused of negligently crashing the airboat. The suit asserts proper medical assistance was not given and that proper rescue was not provided.

The plaintiffs are seeking to recover damages under the Jones Act and the Texas Wrongful Death and Survival Act.

They are represented by Cody Dishon and Charlotte Rogers, attorneys for The Ferguson Law Firm in Beaumont.

Judge Mitch Templeton, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E-204098

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