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UPDATE: Three Hospitalized from Boat Accident on Ouachita River, One Arrested

A boat accident Sunday afternoon left three injured on the Ouachita River.
Wildlife agents begin recovering the damaged boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Wildlife agents begin recovering the damaged boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Wildlife agents recovering the boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Wildlife agents recovering the boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Wildlife agents begin recovering the boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Wildlife agents begin recovering the boats from the water. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
UPDATE Monday 11:00 a.m. -- One of the injured passengers of the fishing boat has been released from the hospital, according to agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Agents said the passenger that had been on the jet ski and the second passenger on the boat still remain in the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not being released at this time.

LDWF agents said more charges will be coming for Brussel later this week.


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OUACHITA PARISH -- A boat accident on the Ouachita River on Sunday afternoon left three injured.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents say the accident happened between a jet ski and a fishing boat. It happened just before 5 p.m. south of Moon Lake on the river.

Officials say three people were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. The injured include one person on the jetski and two on the boat.

Deputies at the Ouachita Correctional Center say the driver of the jetski, 39-year old Frank Brussel, was arrested by LWDF agents for DWI and Reckless Operation of Water Craft. He's being booked into OCC.

According to the arrest affidavit, Brussel had a strong odor of alchohol on him when agents were interviewing him after the crash. Agents also said he was slurring his speech, swaying and stumbling.

Although the affidavit reads Brussel denied any drinking before operating the jet ski, he performed poorly during a standardized field sobriety test.

The sheriff's office said the jetski may have turned in front of the boat, possibly causing the accident. Sheriff's office officials also added that minors were involved in the accident.

The investigation continues at the scene on the river. Both boats are now out of the water and awaiting seizure by LDWF agents.

"We seize the two vessels and carry them back to our office and they'll do a reconstruction, look at the damage and see how the vessels collided and we'll interview all the witnesses and all the subjects that were riding on the vessels," LDWF Lt. Thomas Risser said.
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