Tugboat drowning victims’ families file suit against Wepfer Marine Inc

The families of Keith Pigram and Aquavious Jamison are taking legal action against Wepfer Marine Inc, Jamison’s mother told local news outlets in Memphis. She was at a candlelit vigil to mark the first anniversary of the tugboat workers’ death following the sinking of their vessel in the Mississippi River.

Pigram was captain while Jamison, his stepson, was deckhand.

Kimberly Newsome, Jamison’s mother, said that Wepfer Marine paid $5,000 for each of the men’s funerals. Family attorney Murray Wells asserted that “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”.