Sunk Scallop Boat Owner Wants Lawyer

Coast Guard officials have recessed hearings into the sinking of a scallop boat off the New Jersey coast to give the boat owner time to get a lawyer.

Roy "Capt. Fuzzy" Smith Sr., who lives in Pamlico County, made the request before he was called to testify Wednesday. Smith said he doesn't want to get sent to prison for something he didn't do.

Two of Smith's sons were among six crewmen who died when the Lady Mary sank off Cape May on March 24. Only one crew member survived.

Smith asked questions of Coast Guard officers and enlisted ranks who responded to the sinking when the hearings began on Tuesday.

There's no word when the hearings would resume.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 16, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    Why not cut out the lawyers and go ahead and settle for money. That will be dthe end results.
  • by robert Location: newport on Apr 15, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    No doubt, a law suit is in the making. Rest his soul, he lost 2 sons.. A slick lawyer will want to know, "what he ate for breakfast." This is a sad tragedy for all involved, but rest assured, some one is looking for money...
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    Clifton, He could be charged with some form of neglect if they can prove that he knew of any boat problems before they took it out. Also if he failed to provide the correct safety gear such as life vest, survival suits, flares, life rafts, etc.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Apr 15, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    What is he charged with? Allowing the ocean to enter a unsecured area. Did he CAUSE the boat to sink? How do you have a hearing on something like this????
  • by Geez on Apr 15, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    Cover your bases "Capt.Fuzzy," you can never be too careful!!

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