Fisherman Killed in Watch Hill Boat Collision


Boater Dies at Sea

There was sad news among fishermen in western Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut when it was learned that 81-year-old Walter Krupinski had died on Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, after his 25’ Parker collided with a 60’ Viking in rough seas southwest of Watch Hill.

Krupinski was a longtime commercial rod-and-reel fisherman who some times served as a dockmaster in Stonington.

According to a Coast Guard release, a 60’ Viking yacht apparently rammed Krupinski’s boat at around 10:15 a.m., causing it to capsize in heavy seas. A nearby boater maintained visual contact with the capsized vessel until Coast Guard crews and first responders arrived on scene at 10:46 a.m.

After crews recovered the unresponsive Krupinski, he was brought to the Stonington Town Dock and transferred to the state medical examiner’s office via ambulance.

Meanwhile, the Viking, named 60 Princess, remained on scene and was later escorted toward Connecticut.

Conditions on the water Tuesday morning were rough, with a significant East wind and waves that were estimated at 4’ to 6’.