Walter S. Krupinski, 81, dead after 20- and 60-foot vessels collide near Watch Hill Yacht Club in Westerly, Rhode Island

Modified Date: 
Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:30pm
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Body pulled from water after boat crash in Westerly

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says they’re at the scene of a boating accident involving two 60-foot vessels near Watch Hill Yacht Club on Fort Road. They confirmed the remains of one person have been pulled from the water. The victim was transported to a dock and turned over to the medical examiner’s office.

One dead in boat collision off Napatree Point

A man was killed in a collision between two boats in the waters off Napatree Point Tuesday morning. A 60-foot vessel and a 20-foot vessel were involved in the crash, which was reported to the state Department of Environmental Management around 10:30 a.m., said spokeswoman Gail Mastrati.

Victim of fatal Watch Hill boating crash was 81-year-old Connecticut man

Walter S. Krupinski, 81, of Stonington, Conn., was pulled from the water around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after the collision, according to Gail Mastrati, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Man killed in boating crash off the coast of Rhode Island

Man killed in boating crash off the coast of Rhode Island Posted: Updated: The Coast Guard is looking into whether water conditions may have led to a deadly boating crash off the coast of Rhode Island. An 80-year old man operating the smaller boat was killed after his boat capsized. A 60-foot yacht and a 25-foot boat collided off the coast of Westerly Tuesday morning. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) So far, no charges have been filed. (Copyright (c) 2015 Sunbeam Television.

Yacht captain involved in fatal Westerly boat crash arraigned

The Westerly Sun reports that 76-year-old Cooper Bacon of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, was arraigned Wednesday at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston. He is charged with improper navigation, failure to take action to avoid a collision and improper overtaking of another vessel. Each violation carries a maximum $100 penalty.

Yacht Captain Blamed In Boat Crash That Killed CT Fisherman

The Westerly Sun reports that 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 81-year-old Walter Krupinski’s boat.

Feds reviewing yacht crash that killed Stonington fisherman

Jim Martin, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence, confirms that the U.S. Coast Guard asked the office to review the September crash off Westerly, which killed 80-year-old Walter Krupinski, of Stonington.

No decision in Westerly boat death trial

According to the Westerly Sun, the Traffic Court Magistrate Domenic DiSandro says he will review testimony and other evidence submitted to make a decision at a later date.

NJ yacht captain pleads not guilty in 2015 death in waters off Westerly

A New Jersey yacht captain must surrender his merchant marine license and passport as he awaits trial for seaman's manslaughter in the September 2015 death of an 81-year-old man in waters off Westerly.   

People Involved: 
Walter S. Krupinski
Cooper Bacon
Roadway: 
Fort Road

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