Yacht captain blamed in boat crash that killed fisherman

By News Staff

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WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island investigators have blamed a New Jersey yacht captain for a boat crash that killed a fisherman from Connecticut.

The state Department of Environmental Management found that 76-year-old Cooper Bacon, of Cape May, New Jersey, should have changed course or slowed down to avoid 80-year-old Walter Krupinski’s boat.

The crash happened on Sept. 22, 2015, off Watch Hill, in Westerly.

Krupinski, of Stonington, Connecticut, had finished fishing and was headed to shore when the 60-foot Viking yacht operated by Bacon plowed into his 23-foot boat, crushing and killing him.

Bacon has been charged with various navigation offenses, each of which carries a maximum $100 fine. He could not be reached for comment.

Krupinski’s widow says she plans to sue.

(C) The Associated Press 2016