N.J. 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. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on Tuesday released Cooper “Chick” Bacon, 78, of Cape May, N.J., on $50,000 surety on a charge that he failed to take adequate safety precautions while operating a 60-foot Princess luxury yacht on Sept. 22, 2015, near Fishers Island Sound, off Napatree Point. The yacht he was piloting collided with a 23-foot power boat, the Peggy K, killing its only occupant, Walter S. Krupinski, of Stonington, Connecticut. click here to read the story 10:49