BigRidgePatroit I think you might be miss informed as the fishing boat was disabled and unable to get out of the way. They men were trying to cross the river at the time. One of the men that was killed was my older brother. As far as being stupid I think that would be subjective just like stupid rednecks making stupid statements.
What a good deal of you folks are failing to mention or maybe simply just do not realize is the fact that the motor of the boat of the men that were killed stopped working. I know these men very well in fact one of men that was killed was my older brother. There are a couple of facts that really are important to this incident. One being the motor of the fishing boat. Second the Tug kept on going "down bound" as you say. The authorities had to get the attention of the crew and the Captain of the vessel before they ever stopped after killing two men. This fact would lead a logical person to think that the lookout that by law is required was not posted. Weather or not the tug would have been able to avoid the fishing boat is really unimportant at this point because two men are dead. One of whom is my brother who I miss greatly. He was not a druggie or a drunk. He was not driving the boat, and most of all he did not deserve to die that day. So when the captain kills yet another person maybe then someone will stop and think about revoking his license so he will be unable to kill anyone else. And for all of you who fish that river, make dam sure your boat motor is in tip top shape because you may find yourself crossing the river and in the cross hairs of a tug.