Archive for the tag 'party boats'

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.

Over in Manhattan, near the South Street Seaport, a lethal incident has left us scratching our heads about Sheepshead Bay’s party boats. The Atlantica, a party boat docked at the lower Manhattan port and captained by a Sheepshead Bay resident, played host to a brawl that left one man dead. From Newsday:

A Brooklyn man was found fatally shot near the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan early Saturday following a brawl that broke out during a massive party held on a 145-foot chartered boat.

Dennis Miano, the captain of the Atlantica, said that his staff saw one man running off the docked boat and toward the parking lot, with a second man, whom police later identified as Omar Trent, 31, of Kensington, giving chase.

The first man ran to his car, retrieved a gun and then fired at Trent, striking him in the head, according to a New York police source. Police found Trent’s body at Fulton and South streets at 4:24 a.m., officials said.

Miano said too many people boarded for the boat to cruise along the Hudson.

“They brought on 555 people. We shut off the engines and said, ‘We can’t leave. We have to stay on the dock,’ ” said Miano, 60, of Sheepshead Bay.

As the party continued early Saturday, Miano said a fight started between a man and woman on the dance floor.

“One guy wanted to dance with a girl. The girl didn’t want to dance with him,” Miano said. When the man persisted, Miano said the woman broke a bottle over the man’s head, causing the party to erupt into chaos.

“They were hitting each other with bottles and everything,” he said.

Over the years there has been a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the crowd attracted by Sheepshead Bay’s party boats. Noise, drunkeness, littering… but weapons? Violence? Killings?

Could this happen in Sheepshead Bay? If so, should the party boats be more heavily regulated and/or monitored by the local police and community board?