Yacht Captain Pleads Guilty to Seaman’s Manslaughter
November 7, 2018
Newport News: The captain of a luxury yacht that collided with a 23-foot powerboat off the coast of Westerly, RI, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of seaman’s manslaughter.
Cooper “Chick” Bacon, 79, of Cape May, New Jersey, was piloting the unregistered yacht, Princess 60, on Sept. 22, 2015, when it struck the powerboat, causing the death of 81-year-old Walter S. Krupinski, of Norfolk, Connecticut, according to prosecutors.
Bacon, a licensed captain, had been hired to pilot the Princess 60 from Newport to a boat show in Stamford, Connecticut.