Captain Jerry Boylan plead not guilty, for the second time, to a misconduct or neglect of ship officer charge also known as “seaman’s manslaughter” for the second time Thursday. On September 2, 2019, off the coast of Southern California, the boat captain, Boylan, and a few other crew members woke up to find the boat on fire. After he allegedly radioed for help he fled the ship and instructed crew members to flee as well. Sadly, one crew member and thirty-three passengers were trapped in the ship’s bunk room and all died.
While the charges were previously dropped due to the prosecutors failing to include details of gross negligence in the indictment, if he is convicted this time around he could face up to 10 years in prison.
The cause of the fire was never determined, and prosecutors have accused him of taking multiple preventative measures. As he could have had the crew perform training, assigned someone to watch the boat overnight, or simply practiced fire drills.
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