One year has passed since two tug boat workers and their boat sank in the Mississippi River. Now the family of the two are filing a lawsuit against the company they worked for.
Keith Pigram and Aquavious Jamison worked for Wepfer Marine Incorporation. The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies spent hours trying to find their bodies.
Pigram was a captain on that boat, and Aquavious, his stepson was his deckhand. Local 24 News spoke to his mother during a candlelight vigil and she says her life has not been the same since this tragedy last year.
“I don’t know what my purpose is now. I’m not saying I don’t have a purpose, but it is challenging. Because it’s walking around with a hole in your heart and you can’t feel it. It numbs you. It numbs you to life and he was my best friend,” said Kimberly Newsome, Aquavious Jamison’s mother.
Wepfer Marine paid $5,000 for each of the men’s funerals, but the family and their attorney say money is not the issue.
“And it’s not the $5,000. That’s not the issue, that’s kind of the insult behind the issue. The real question is how these good men lost their lives on this river that we all call home, and those questions are what we want answers to,” said Family attorney, Murray Wells.
Local 24 News reached out to Wepfer Marine Incorporation for a response to the legal action and has yet to hear back.