NOV. 16 — Thomas Langan, 64, was standing at the bow and was caught between the boat and a rig hook he was attempting to tie up to on the platform, according to a news report. Langan and a friend, Jackson Ross — the owner of the boat — apparently were out for a day of fishing when the accident occurred, nearly 10 miles south of Dauphin Island. Details such as the boat’s make and model weren’t immediately released.
Coast Guard authorities were notified at around 1 p.m. and transported Langan to paramedics on Dauphin Island at around 1:30 p.m., the report says. Langan was pronounced dead and taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. An autopsy reported that he died of “multiple blunt force injuries.”
“Tommy died while he was out fishing, having a good time,” says Rev. Joe Bolling, rector of the catholic church Langan attended, in the news report. “I think that if we had to go, we’d all like to go doing what we love.”
— Jason Fell