Charges filed against captain in barge-skiff collision
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The
Associated Press is reporting that charges have been filed stemming from a Nov. 26 incident
where a 120' barge pushed by the Albert Pikehit
and sank a skiff belonging to a 77-year-old fisherman. As the skiff sank
to the bottom of the Elizabeth River, the fisherman was rescued by the Pike’s
William Spencer, who was captaining the Albert Pike at the
time of incident, has been charged with operating a boat in a reckless manner.
Spencer is apparently no longer serving in that capacity on the Pike. Skanska USA Civil Southeast, which owns the 1,000 hp, 59'x20' tug, told the AP
he is no longer an employee.
In an interview with the Virginian-Pilot
immediately after the incident, the fisherman, James Phelps, said he didn't
have time to start his engine to get out of the way of the barge's wake:
"The wave just filled my boat up, and it went down," he said. "I
couldn't do anything about it."
Spencer’s trial is set for March 6.