SUMMER SEA STORIES: Jet ski slammed into moored sailboat; two rescued by Coast Guard from sinking boat off Jersey

Jet-Ski Rider Dies After Crashing Into
Moored Sailboat in Boston Harbor

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 27, 2020, the Massachusetts State Police reports that troopers, Boston Police, and Environmental Police responded to a jet-ski crash in Boston Harbor off Malibu Beach in Dorchester. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. 

The investigation indicates that the victim, Curtis Raper, 43, of Dorchester, was riding a jet-ski when he crashed into a sailboat that was stationary and attached to a mooring. 
At the time of the crash, the victim was accompanied by three male friends. A witness reported that the four men were taking turns riding two jet-skis. 

The incident was investigated by Troopers from the State Police-South Boston Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police. The State Police Marine Unit and Boston Police also responded to the scene.



Rehoboth Bay- The Delaware State Police are currently conducting an investigation related to a boating accident that occurred yesterday evening.

The incident occurred on July 26, 2020, at approximately 6:37 p.m. when units were dispatched to Massey’s Landing to assist in an investigation related to a boating accident.

The investigation revealed the victim and his wife were fishing on the Rehoboth Bay in their 2000 19’ Trophy boat. When they were getting ready to head back to their dock, the victim discovered his fishing line was stuck underneath the rear of the boat, and he jumped in the water to untangle the line. After jumping in the water, the victim discovered the water was deeper than anticipated, and the current was strong. The victim had difficulty swimming, and the current was pulling him in the opposite direction of the boat.

After some time, a passing boat observed the victim in distress, and several subjects jumped from the boat and pulled the victim from the water onto their boat. Indian River Fire Company then arrived and transported the victim to Massey’s Landing.

The victim, a 57-year-old male from Lewes, was then transported to a nearby hospital. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin and extended family. He is currently listed in critical condition.


Indian River’s 80 Marine 1 launched and was able to quickly locate the designated vessels off the mouth of Massey’s Ditch in the Rehoboth Bay and quickly loaded the patient onboard and reported a male subject, unconscious and not breathing. Indian River’s 80 Marine 2 launched and met up with 80 Marine 1, transferred one of its crew to assist with patient care, and all vessels responded to the Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp. The patient was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services for additional care.
One patient was transported to nearby medical facilities in critical condition.

Coast Guard aircrews stand with two crewmembers of a vessel that sank 37 miles off Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Jul. 27, 2020. The men requested assistance after their 68-foot fishing vessel began taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued two men 33 miles east of Barnegat Light early Tuesday morning. 

Watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay were notified at 5:30 a.m. via Channel 16 that a 68-foot fishing vessel had begun taking on water and its crew requested assistance. They informed the watchstanders that they had begun to make preparations to abandon ship into a life raft.

An Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched along with the cutter Angela McShan to assist the crew members of the sinking vessel. 

Coast Guard helicopter.

The debris field was located and the crew was found nearby in their life raft after they set off a flare to highlight their position to Coast Guard crews.

“The crew’s use of their emergency equipment helped Coast Guard search crews locate them quickly and prevent loss of life today,” said David Umberger, command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to properly register EPIRB devices to their vessels to aid search efforts during emergencies.” 

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