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Three Fishermen Killed When Boat Pitch-Poles Trying To Cross a Stormy Bar in Oregon

Three commercial fishermen on an old wooden 42-foot crabbing boat were killed when they tried to cross the Yaquina Bay Bar near Newport, Oregon, at night in breaking seas even as a Coast Guard motor lifeboat tried to lead them to safety. In a harrowing account, the Coast Guard said it tried to warn Stephen Biernacki, 50, the skipper of the Mary B II crabbing boat that he was drifting outside the channel, exposing it to 16-foot breakers. The Mary B II was among a group of crab boats that tried to cross the bar about 10 at night to escape a…

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Owner of Miami Vice Charter Pleads Guilty in Death of a Passenger

This news doesn’t seem a surprise, but it does serve as a point of closure. The owner of Miami Vice, a 95-foot, 55-knot charter boat, has pleaded guilty in the death of a passenger who was killed by the boat’s props while swimming behind it. The owner, it turns out, hired a captain even though he knew the captain didn’t have a Coast Guard license. To make matters worse, the boat didn’t have a charter license either. Finally, the owner filmed a video of the captain snorting cocaine as they drove around Miami Beach together. Laurent Marc-Antoine Jean Maubert-Cayla, the…

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Duck Boat Captain on 17 Counts of Seaman’s Manslaughter

A federal grand jury has indicted the captain of the tourist duck boat that sank last July during a storm off Branson, Missouri, on 17 counts of seaman’s manslaughter, one for each person who died when the boat sank. The indictment charged Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, the captain, with misconduct, negligence and inattention to duty. “The captain of the vessel always has a duty to operate his vessel in a safe manner and that’s why Mr. McKee is under indictment,” said Timothy Garrison, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. The indictment said that McKee failed to assess…

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Coast Guard Investigates Why No Warning Before 332-Foot Megayacht Hit 65-foot Charter Fishing Boat, Killing One Man

The Coast Guard is investigating why there seemed to be no warning before the 332-foot megayacht Attessa IV, one of the largest private yachts in the world, hit the 65-foot charter fishing boat Prowler at night in the Pacific south of San Diego, killing one man on the fishing boat. The Coast Guard said the accident occurred about 7 p.m. nine miles off Imperial Beach near the U.S.-Mexico border. Prowler was on its way back to its home base in San Diego after a fishing trip in Mexican waters. Attessa hit the starboard quarter of Prowler, causing extensive damage, and critically injuring Richard…

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Captain of Princess 60 Pleads Guilty for Killing Fisherman on 23-Foot Center Console off Westerly, Rhode Island

The captain of a Princess 60 that ran into a 23-foot Steiger Craft center console off Westerly, Rhode Island, two years ago, killing its owner, has pleaded guilty in a federal court in Providence to a charge of seaman’s manslaughter. About 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2015, a clear, sunny day, Cooper “Chick” Bacon, of Cape May, New Jersey, a Coast-Guard licensed captain, was driving the Princess from Newport to Stamford, Connecticut. The Princess ran into the Steiger Craft, the Peggy K, killing Walter S. Krupinski, 81, the only person on board, who was returning home to Stonington, Connecticut, after…

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Maine Lobsterman To Plead Guilty to Seaman’s Manslaughter in Death of Two Crew

A Maine lobsterman will plead guilty to seaman’s manslaughter after his 45-foot boat turned over in a storm four years ago off Matinicus Island and his two crewmen drowned. The government says he took them out after smoking pot, attending a Halloween party, and buying 20 tablets of oxycodone. Christopher Hutchinson (pictured at top), who was 26 at the time, left the Linda Bean dock in Tenants Harbor about 1 a.m. on Nov. 31 on his boat, No Limits, with Tom Hammond, (pictured above), 27, from Rockland, and Tyler Sawyer, 15, from Waldoboro. He was told the weather was bad,…

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Azimut 50 Hits Martha’s Vineyard Jetty at Night. Four People on Board Not Injured

The 50-foot Azimut motor yacht named Buffalo Soldier crashed into the Oak Bluffs north jetty Thursday night, crippling the vessel and leaking diesel fuel into the outer harbor. Oak Bluffs Fire Chief John Rose said the incident happened at about 10 pm and none of the four people aboard were injured. A wave heaved the boat into the jetty, he said. The diesel slick is minor, he said but has made the rocks of the jetty slippery and unsafe to walk on. Read more: http://www.mvtimes.com/2018/08/31/boat-crashes-oak-bluffs-jetty/

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A Survivor’s Story: “I’m waving at the guy, yelling, and all of a sudden, his boat was sitting on top of our boat.”

The story continues, building on one of the most memorable boating pictures in recent memory: A 37-foot charter fishing boat sitting on top of a 35-foot J/105 sailboat in calm conditions near Thomas Point in the Chesapeake, just south of Annapolis. The picture went viral, for the obvious reasons, with everyone wondering, what in the world happened here. Now, from the Capital Gazette, we have the story from the skipper of the sailboat. Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/sailing_boating/ac-cn-boat-collision-survivor-0827-story.html

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Charter Fishing Boat Rides Over Top of Sailboat in the Chesapeake; No Serious Injuries. Plus: First-Person Account of What Happened

You don’t see this very often. But here’s a startling picture showing the results of a collision between a sailboat and a powerboat on the Chesapeake near Thomas Point, just south of Annapolis. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. About noon on a summer Friday, Hunter, a 37-foot charter fishing boat out of Kent Island, ran into Levitation, a 35-foot J/105 out of Annapolis. Levitation had its sails up, but authorities don’t know if its engine was running. Seven people were on board the fishing boat; two on the sailboat. The fishing boat ended up basically straddling the sailboat, with its bow…

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Father Runs Over 12-Year-Old Daughter in Water, Kills Her

This is a tragedy almost beyond belief. Zoe Anderson, 12, was learning how to waterski on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater, New Hampshire, where she was vacationing with her family. Her father, Sherwood Anderson; her mother, Tonya Anderson, and her 14-year-old sister were all on the boat on a family outing. The Andersons live in Highland Ranch, Colorado. At some point, Zoe fell in the water. Her father drove back to pick her up, when police say “his attention was momentarily distracted as his hat was blown from his head.” He put the boat in neutral, but it backed over Zoe,…

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