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Captain dies in fall from fishing vessel

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ATLANTIC CITY - A man died Monday night in a fall from the mast of a fishing vessel, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 6:30 p.m. that a crewmember had fallen out of the mast of a commercial fishing vessel, the spokesman said. The Leslie and Charles, whose homeport is believed to be Hampton Roads, Va., was about 60 to 65 miles southeast of Atlantic City fishing when the accident occurred.

When the Coast Guard arrived at about 7 p.m., they found that the captain of the vessel had died as a result of the fall, said the spokesman, who did not know why the man had been in the mast.

The vessel was headed to Cape May late Monday night and was expected to reach port at about 3:30 this morning.

"The medical examiner will meet the boat and the investigation will begin," the spokesman said.

He did not release any information on the victim.
 

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Coast Guard investigating death aboard fishing boat

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CAPE MAY - The U.S. Coast Guard has started an investigation into the death of a commercial fisherman who died Monday after reportedly falling from the rigging of the boat.

The body of Brian Lewis, 43, of Kernersville, N.C., was brought to the Coast Guard base here Tuesday. The Coast Guard escorted the 79-foot scallop boat Leslie & Charles into port after the accident and, once it was docked, boarded the vessel to investigate

The vessel, which is based in Hampton Roads, Va., was fishing about 60 miles southeast of Atlantic City when the accident happened. Lewis reportedly fell from the rigging of the boat.

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Edwards said the Coast Guard was called at about 6:30 p.m. Monday and dispatched the cutter Finback from Cape May, the cutter Sailfish from Portsmouth, Va., and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City. The Leslie & Charles was escorted back to the dock here at Training Center Cape May.

A spokeswoman for the New Jersey State Medical Examiner's Office said the cause of death is pending an autopsy. It was conducted Tuesday, but results were not yet available.
 

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The bigger question may be: why was a scallop boat from Hampton roads, VA fishing for scallops 60 miles SE of Atlantic City?

Aren't commercial shellfish boats limited to a specific maximum distance from their home port or port of registration?

If not, it seems that it should be. After all, if every commercial scallop boat from every port in every neighboring state decided to fish the same bed areas off of NJ, I doubt that the scallops would be around that area for very long. That certainly seems unfair to the ones registered in NJ.

No trying to bash the comm's, but holy crap, what does limit what these guys take ... & from where?

- Gr8ful Fish / G
r8ful One
 

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A run from Hampton Roads (Norfolk area) to Cape May isn't really that far, in boat terms. What is it, like 100 miles or so? Even for recs, that's just a long run out to the canyons. You have to remember just how far south Cape May really is. It is parallel to Washington DC.

And he was 65 miles southeast of Cape May, so he was really just outside his port, if you think about it.

[ 05-11-2005, 01:25 PM: Message edited by: Fly Ty R ]
 

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Ya can fish where ever you would like too. With the exception of the closed area. It is mandatory to go into the "closed area" for 4 trips. There is a closed area that every boat on the coast must waste 10 days in. That is right off of Cape May.
 

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I had to go for a swim at the Lobster house yesterday. The family and crew were all on the dock. Very gut wrenching.
 
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