We’re a bit backlogged with news since the blizzard hit, obviously, but with plows hitting the street we can get back to non-snow related information.

One of the boats that graced Sheepshead Bay’s piers for decades has sunk off the coast of New Jersey while in route to a new home in New Orleans, leaving its owner presumed dead and another in critical condition.

On Thursday, December 23, eight-foot-tall waves and winds that reached 29-knots tore apart the Sea Wolf, a 65-footer that previously catered to the porgy and bass fishing crowd in our neighborhood. Cape May and Indian River Coast Guard stations sent out motor life boats and a rescue helicopter was dispatched from Atlantic City after an emergency satellite beacon sounded at 1:35 a.m.

Sixty-two-year old Gregory Arlotta had recently purchased the vessel for considerably less than the boat was appraised for from local owner Eddie Moraski, who had sold it after breaking his hip.

The accident’s lone survivor, Steve Hopkins, was taken to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, while new owner Arlotta is said to have been “floating face down and unresponsive” before sinking with the debris, though there were several attempts by rescue swimmers to grab a hold of him.

Arlotta had planned to take the boat to New Orleans. According to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg, the Coast Guard did not receive any mayday calls. They were first notified by State Police.

It remains unknown what caused Sea Wolf to sink, though area fisherman and Fishing United website owner Steve Cannizzo speculates that smoke coming out its stacks prior to them gearing it back may have indicated a problem as they were leaving Sheepshead Bay on Wednesday morning.

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  • Anonymous

    Rest in peace. My condolences to the friends and family.

  • Anonymous

    RIP little wolf

  • levp

    The Week Of Bad News?

    • Anonymous

      Oh Lev, what can A person say? This tragedy surely adds to the circumstances.
      I hope before the new year our future looks brighter.

  • tJJ

    8 foot waves tore it apart? i used to ride my jetski over those all day at the jetty. why didnt these guys have survival suits?

  • Rberke

    A tragedy for the captain, crew & family. A tragedy for Sheephead Bay with the loss of another of its fleet.

  • Onitis

    It is Wolf Larsens’ revenge.

  • lobster

    Rest In Peace Gregory Arlotta

  • Peter Arlotta

    seems tough to rescue a ship and its crew four miles off shore in almost an hour from a 911 call!! Go Coast Guard!
    Thanks! his son!

    • Jonathan Jakubec

      Hi Peter….My heart felt condolences to you and your family…….Your dad was a great guy!

      • peter arlotta

        querious…. how did you know the old man??

        • Sue Bodenhemier

          Peter,
          Was your dad by any chance the owner of Rock Solid Aggregate of Louisiana?
          Sue

      • Arlottapm

        So I find it interesting how the coast guard passed the boat through a series of inspections only days before it sank due to antique and barely functioning bilge pump system…. Coast guard wont give me the report?? HHMM!!! 

  • Nothanku2

    I wish the family peace and strength during their sadness. I fished on this boat and the conditions of the boat were certainly not the best to set sail in 8 ft waves. What was the urgency?

    • Arlottapm

      the ship was needed for a job!! Brand new radio failed and apparently not enough fuel to turn back.. So iv been told

      • nolastname

        If it could not turn back how would it have had enough fuel to make it
        to the destination?