The Triton

News

Captain sentenced to probation, restitution in collision death

ADVERTISEMENT

UPDATE: March 20, 2019

Capt. Cooper “Chick” Bacon, 79, of Cape May, New Jersey, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $1,800 restitution in the death of the skipper on the Peggy K, a 23-foot powerboat, according to a story on TheDay.com.

Walter S. Krupinski, 81, was killed when the Princess 60 yacht that Bacon was hired to deliver collided with the smaller boat off Westerly, Rhode Island, in September 2015.

UPDATE: Nov. 5, 2018

Capt. Cooper “Chick” Bacon, 79, of Cape May, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to a charge of seaman’s manslaughter in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island, on Oct. 30.

Capt. Bacon was at the helm of a Princess 60 yacht when it collided with the Peggy K, a 23-foot powerboat, off Westerly, Rhode Island, in September 2015. The crash killed Walter S. Krupinski, an 81-year-old resident of Stonington, Connecticut, who had been returning home from a day of fishing. He was the only person aboard the Peggy K.   

Capt. Bacon had been hired to pilot the yacht from Newport to a boat show in Stamford, Connecticut. GPS data collected from aboard the yacht indicated it had approached the powerboat at an average speed of 25.2 knots, according to court records. The yacht was equipped with an operating horn, VHF marine radiotelephone, navigation system and radar system, among other safety equipment.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island, Capt. Bacon failed to take required precautions such as posting his first mate to lookout and proper use of radar, and did not himself see the Peggy K in time to avoid a collision. He did not make passing arrangements, sound the horn, change course, slow down or reverse propulsion to avoid the collision, the U.S. attorney’s office stated. Capt. Bacon also is accused of failing to notify the U.S. Coast Guard following the fatal incident.

Capt. Bacon is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17, 2019.

Related Posts...
In a revision to its regulations for merchant mariner credentials, Read more...
By Dorie Cox The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Read more...
On July 1, the iconic Willy T floating restaurant and Read more...
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is offering new options for Read more...
U.S. customs pre-clearance at Shannon Airport in Ireland will now Read more...

Share This Post

2 thoughts on “Captain sentenced to probation, restitution in collision death

  1. Graham St.George

    What on earth is this man still doing at sea at the age of 79 ? Doesn’t the insurance company have something to say about it , and what about the renewal of his qualifications and a medical examination ?? A disgrace.

  2. Peter Marcucci

    Regardless of age, the punishment is not adequate to the crime. If Bacon was operating a vehicle, the punishment may well have been more in line with the results of Bacon’s responsibilities, death resulting.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Newport19: Charter show opens today

Newport19: Charter show opens today

Crew from more than 20 yachts worked hard to keep the raindrops at bay at Newport Shipyard this morning as the annual Newport Charter Show …

Crew Compass: Cruising  brings joy in places we had not expected

Crew Compass: Cruising brings joy in places we had not expected

Crew Compass: by Lauren Loudon Being offered a new job is always an exciting time and, as I’ve mentioned previously, there are …

Engineer’s Angle: Engineer key to safety on a yacht

Engineer’s Angle: Engineer key to safety on a yacht

Engineer's Angle: by JD Anson Whether tied to the dock or a thousand miles from shore, the safety of boat and personnel are of …

Crew Eye: Detail is the name of the game for yacht chefs

Crew Eye: Detail is the name of the game for yacht chefs

Crew Eye: Photos by Stuart Pearce Chef competitions highlight the intricate details of the work of top-tier yacht chefs for the public …