11 July 2010

Boating or Wading, You Gotta Watch Your Butt Out There!

• Man Allegedly Killed By Drunken Boater

“Puthuvamkunnath, a physical therapist from Bergenfield, NJ, was [killed while] riding in a 17-foot Bayliner with two friends Friday evening when a 30-foot Pro-Line fishing boat plowed into their vessel. The larger boat's pilot, Richard Aquilone of Jersey City, was under the influence of alcohol at the time, authorities said.
“With him were his wife and three young children, all of whom escaped injury, as did he. Authorities are investigating whether a wake from a tourist boat blocked the view of people on the larger boat.
New York Post
NOTE: The boat in the photograph has nothing to do with the subject of this artilcle; it is intended only to show the type of UslessCraft that may have been involved in the incident.

• High Times On the High Seas

The Coast Guard “…crews intercepted the vessel in question near Liberty Landing Marina, and escorted it to the marina. Once it was safely moored, the Coast Guard officers conducted a boating safety boarding. The marina was chosen as a safety measure for the 24 passengers aboard the catamaran, all of whom appeared to be intoxicated and were behaving belligerently. The owner operator of the vessel, however, was both compliant and sober.”
Coast Guard News

• Long Island Fisherman Dies As Rising Tide Catches Him

“A 64-year-old Huntington Station man drowned while fishing in the Long Island Sound off Northport on Monday evening.
“Suffolk County police said Daniel Arnold was fishing on a sandbar….”

Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. Also, if you intend to fish above the Merritt Parkway bridge on the Housatonic River, you also need a Connecticut freshwater license. You can purchase these from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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