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July 19 10:07 AM

Vessel operator arrested for DWI after boating crash that injured 6-year-old girl

PRESS RELEASE Louisiana Dept. Wildlife & Fisherires

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents on July 11 arrested a Vicksburg, Miss., man for his alleged role as an operator of a vessel during a boating crash incident that severely injured a 6-year-old girl on the Natalbany River.

Agents arrested Anthony Domiono, 40, for operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with two children under 12 years of age, two counts of negligent injury and reckless operation of a vessel and booked him into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

The boating crash incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on June 9, when Domiono was operating a 22-foot ski boat that had five passengers while towing a tube with two juveniles that crashed into a tree along the bank of the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish. The incident happened about three miles upstream from where the river merges with the Tickfaw River.

After receiving a call from dispatch, LDWF agents arrived on scene and immediately called for a helicopter to transport a 6- year-old girl. The girl was in the boat at the time of the collision with the tree and suffered major head trauma and needed immediate attention.

The helicopter took the girl to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, where she was listed in critical condition. The girl has since been discharged from the hospital, and it is hopeful she can make a full recovery.

Domiono suffered a broken foot, and the other five passengers were treated for minor injuries.

As standard procedure, agents took blood from the operator to determine if the operator was impaired. After receiving the blood test results, it was determined that Domiono had a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than the legal limit of .08 BAC.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months of jail per each count. Reckless operation brings a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Sgt. Randy Lanoux is the lead investigative agent for this boating crash incident.

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