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May 17, 2015 10:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Owner Of Sunken Boat Says Captain Tried To Warn Approaching Vessel

The Nina Marie, a sportfishing boat from Rhode Island, was partly submerged after colliding with a commercial fishing boat about 17 miles off shore on Sunday morning. The Nina Marie was dragged back to shore by Sea-Tow Shinnecock/Moriches while the other boat, the Elizabeth J, sank to the bottom of the ocean. COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD
May 18, 2015 10:44 AM

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. Monday

The owner of the Elizabeth J said the captain of his ship attempted to radio the Nina Marie shortly before the sport fishing boat collided with the commercial vessel.

Southampton resident Jeff Kraus, who was not on the boat at the time of the accident, said his vessel was traveling at about 3 knots and fishing for scallops when the captain spotted the Nina Marie on the boat’s radar approaching at roughly 20 knots.

“We have right of way, number one,” Mr. Kraus said when he reached out to The Press on Monday morning. “And two, the captain said he spotted the sporty on the radar and made calls to try to notify him but [the other boat] never responded to the radio calls.”

At the time of the accident, visibility was about a quarter of a nautical mile, according to the Coast Guard. Mr. Kraus said a boat is responsible for being able to stop within half the distance of visibility, meaning the Nina Marie should have been traveling at speed that would allow it to stop within an eighth of a mile.

Mr. Kraus said the captain of the Nina Marie apologized after the accident for not being more careful, but the owner of the commercial fishing boat said he still plans on taking the other owner to court.

“I’ve got a boat at the bottom of the ocean and five guys who are out of work now,” Mr. Kraus said. “I’m not calling to trash the other boat here, but the reality is he was the one that was traveling too fast and he was the one who hit us.”

The owner of the Nina Marie and the man who was operating it at the time did not immediately respond to messages left Monday morning.


A fishing boat out of Hampton Bays sank after colliding with another boat Sunday morning in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Elizabeth J was hit by a recreational fishing boat, the Nina Marie, at about 10:50 a.m. roughly 17 nautical miles from the Shinnecock Inlet.

One of the crew members of the Elizabeth J was ejected into the 56-degree water. He was rescued by the two people on the Nina Marie, but that boat quickly began taking on water so all three transferred to the Elizabeth J, according to Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant Junior-grade Martin Betts.

The Elizabeth J also was taking on water, so the three crew members and the two passengers from the Nina Marie contacted the Coast Guard and deployed an emergency raft from the commercial fishing boat.

Two rescue boats were dispatched from the Coast Guard Station Shinnecock shortly before 11 a.m. along with two rescue helicopters from the Coast Guard’s Cape Cod, Massachusetts station. They were in the area of the accident by about noon, Lt. Betts said.

After getting the call, the Coast Guard contacted another fishing vessel in the area and that ship, Adventuruous, picked up all five people at 12:20 p.m. then rendezvoused with the Coast Guard boats, which transported the five people back to shore.

The Elizabeth J sank but Sea-Tow attempted to fix the leak on the Nina Marie and tow it back to shore, Lt. Betts said. As of 10 p.m., it was not clear how successful that effort was.

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By loading... (601), quiogue on May 18, 15 7:25 AM
Anyone wonder why the Air National Guard in Westhampton doesn't react to any of our water rescues? The base is once again slated for BRAC (base realignment and closure) in 2015 again, meaning "is there enough reasons to close it, as our government has done elsewhere. Well in my opinion there is, why? because I would like someone to tell me what have they done lately? or for that matter ever? We all remember "The Perfect Storm" movie depicting the ANG. That was 20 years ago and that was a big mistake, ...more
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on May 18, 15 9:55 AM
The article points out the reason why if you read it carefully. The visibility was very poor. An airplane would have had difficulty spotting it visually and probably also been difficult to see a small boat on radar. The weather conditions didnt sound like it was safe to fly in.

Considering the conditions and the location near HB a boat is a better choice. Sometimes a plane/helo is not the best tool for the job. Is the AG budgeted to do this work when the USCG is near?
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on May 18, 15 10:59 AM
Bayman we know how much you probably dislike the coast guard primarily for enforcing fishing regulations. but Didn't you.notice the overhead pictures of the boat sinking??? rescue weather was good enough to make the call to fly, both Air stations fly HH-60 Jayhawks..keep your fingesr crossed this never happens again.
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on May 18, 15 5:05 PM
Coast Guard does not enforce fishing regulations, that would be the DEC
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 19, 15 7:40 AM
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Any boat with good marine radar should easily be able to see another boat on the radar screen and avoid it - you can even see lobster pot buoys offshore on radar. If the Nina Marie radar was off or not in use then they were crazy to be going 20 knots in fog. If the Nina Marie had no radar (no radar dome is visible in the picture) then that is crazy too. CG regs state that in low visibility you need to monitor channel 9 on the radio, post a lookout, and toot your horn regularly. Sounds like Nina ...more
By jperrier (53), Springs on May 18, 15 6:56 PM
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Look closer
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 19, 15 5:43 PM
The "captain" of the sport is 100% in the wrong and responsible for this accident, thank God it ended with no loss of life.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 18, 15 7:30 PM
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I find it hard to believe that the Nina Marie did not have radar...
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on May 19, 15 10:10 PM
The boat has radar its under the tuna tower.
By capt. Jack (17), Southampton on May 20, 15 8:05 AM
Radar is a tool, so is the Capt. of the Nina Marie.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 21, 15 6:15 AM
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The Coast Guard does enforce fisheries laws in Federal waters.

The sporty is in the wrong here.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on May 23, 15 8:41 PM