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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 15, 1993
Three days before the El Toro II sank in the Chesapeake Bay killing three people, an insurance inspector reported that the boat "may be the worst Coast Guard-inspected boat I have seen," and declared it unfit to operate or carry people.The 14-page report notes rotted wood inside the boat, fire hazards from both poor wiring and an engine battery left unsecured in an oil-soaked bilge, "terrible stowage" of life jackets, dry-rotted life jackets, and deteriorated hoses and structural bolts.The report dated Dec. 2 notes the absence of an automatic bilge pump and an alarm to alert the captain of too much water in the bilge.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1995
RIDGE -- The eyes of Joseph C. Lore welled up with tears yesterday as he talked about the crewman who died when his boat, the El Toro II, went down in a storm in 1993. But they flashed with anger when he talked about his indictment and trial on manslaughter charges.The criminal charges placed him and his family in an unwelcome spotlight. He was ostracized by the neighbors in this rural community and a bitter twist was added to an accident that continues to haunt him, he said."I don't know if you'd call it nightmares, but it comes back to me every day of my life.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1995
RIDGE -- The eyes of Joseph C. Lore welled up with tears yesterday as he talked about the crewman who died when his boat, the El Toro II, went down in a storm in 1993. But they flashed with anger when he talked about his indictment and trial on manslaughter charges.The criminal charges placed him and his family in an unwelcome spotlight. He was ostracized by the neighbors in this rural community and a bitter twist was added to an accident that continues to haunt him, he said."I don't know if you'd call it nightmares, but it comes back to me every day of my life.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | July 11, 1995
The families of three men who died when a fishing boat sank in a December 1993 storm filed suit yesterday in federal court, each seeking $20 million from the boat's owners, the U.S. Coast Guard and an insurance company.Fourteen others, who say they were injured when the 58-foot El Toro II went down off Point Lookout in St. Mary's County, are seeking $300,000 each.The El Toro II, which carried 20 passengers and three crew members, ran into trouble during a storm that packed 35-mph winds and churned up 8-foot seas as it was returning from a chartered fishing trip.
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By Liz Atwood and Tom Waldron and Liz Atwood and Tom Waldron,Staff Writers | December 17, 1993
A U.S. Coast Guard inspector ignored a recommendation to pull samples of the nails holding together the El Toro II, saying that when he saw the boat in March and April 1993, he found no problems to warrant a closer look."
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 14, 1993
There was a little rain that morning, but no wind and no sign of serious trouble on the bay despite the radio weather advisory. Clayton S. Lore, captain of the El Toro II, switched off the weather channel and prepared the boat to set out for a day's fishing from the dock on St. Jerome Creek in St. Mary's County."
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 24, 1993
The Coast Guard has ordered its officers nationwide to perform more rigorous inspections of wooden boats in hopes of catching the sort of flaws that may have contributed to the sinking of the El Toro II.The two-page national "safety alert" revises inspection rules to require, rather than recommend, that inspectors pay particular attention to the nails and bolts in boats more than 15 years old.Inspectors "must" remove any nails, screws or bolts they suspect...
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September 19, 1994
After investigating the deaths of three people in the sinking of a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay last December, a federal agency is proposing tighter safety rules that are both reasonable and overdue.The National Transportation Safety Board wants the Coast Guard to require life boats on small passenger vessels to keep victims out of cold waters and protect them from overexposure. That was a cause of the three deaths in the Dec. 5 sinking of the El Toro II out of St. Mary's County.Automatic bilge alarms to indicate flooding, lacking on the El Toro II, should also be required on wooden vessels, the board recommended.
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By PETER BAKER | December 7, 1993
Sunday morning, the El Toro II set out from Ridge, in St. Mary's County, with 23 people aboard to fish for rockfish in Virginia's waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Sunday afternoon, the 60-foot headboat foundered in heavy seas and, despite an admirable and timely rescue operation, two died.The U.S. Coast Guard and the Natural Resources Police are probing the cause of the sinking of the El Toro II. At this point, the cause has been reported as a sprung plank that flooded the engine room, killing the power plant, disabling the boat's pumps and eventually sinking it.What will be harder to determine is why Capt.
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December 8, 1993
If there is a lesson to be drawn from the tragic sinking of a Maryland fishing charterboat that killed two people Sunday, it is that the shallow, placid Chesapeake Bay can swiftly reveal its powerful and dangerous darker side.Gale force winds thrashed the El Toro II and crashing 8-foot waves pried apart the planks of her hull, flooding the engine room and killing the pumps designed to bail out the leaking boat. Survivors spent two hours bobbing in the cold, raging waters near the mouth of the Potomac River before being rescued by helicopter and boats.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Pat Gilbert and Sherry Joe contributed to this article | December 11, 1994
When their 19-year-old son, Eddie, died in the sinking of the El Toro II fishing boat last December, Ed and Betty Philips, along with others in St. Mary's County, pressed for a grand jury investigation.Now, a year after the boat was swamped by a storm in the Chesapeake Bay, the county grand jury has indicted the boat's owner, Joseph C. Lore II, 54, and his son, Clayton S. Lore, 31, the boat's captain, on 21 counts of manslaughter and reckless endangerment."Justice hasn't been done yet, but this is the first step," said Ed Philips of Piney Point, whose oldest son was a crewman on the 58-foot boat that sank off Point Lookout Dec. 5, 1993, when it was hit with 35-mph winds and seas churning as high as 8 feet.
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September 19, 1994
After investigating the deaths of three people in the sinking of a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay last December, a federal agency is proposing tighter safety rules that are both reasonable and overdue.The National Transportation Safety Board wants the Coast Guard to require life boats on small passenger vessels to keep victims out of cold waters and protect them from overexposure. That was a cause of the three deaths in the Dec. 5 sinking of the El Toro II out of St. Mary's County.Automatic bilge alarms to indicate flooding, lacking on the El Toro II, should also be required on wooden vessels, the board recommended.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | February 11, 1994
St. Mary's County State's Attorney Walter B. Dorsey says he'll ask a grand jury to consider investigating the sinking of the El Toro II fishing boat after a citizen's request for an independent probe.Mr. Dorsey said the plea came in a letter from Jack F. Witten of Hollywood, who urged a grand jury investigation independent of the Coast Guard inquiry into the accident, which occurred Dec. 5 in the Chesapeake Bay, killing three people.The prosecutor declined to say that he is advocating a criminal investigation, only that he has decided to pass the letter along to the jury.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 24, 1993
The captain of the El Toro II made news this month when he told a Coast Guard inquiry that he had switched off his weather radio before leaving the dock Dec. 5 and never tuned in again. But some local boaters say Chesapeake Bay forecasts are so unreliable that they generally depend on other boaters and their own experiences.The National Weather Service says that it often does not have enough information to compile accurate reports on water conditions and that it is asking to nearly double the number of stations gathering bay weather information.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | December 24, 1993
The Coast Guard has ordered its officers nationwide to perform more rigorous inspections of wooden boats in hopes of catching the sort of flaws that may have contributed to the sinking of the El Toro II.The two-page national "safety alert" revises inspection rules to require, rather than recommend, that inspectors pay particular attention to the nails and bolts in boats more than 15 years old.Inspectors "must" remove any nails, screws or bolts they suspect...
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer | December 21, 1993
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION -- The blame for the sinking of the El Toro II must be shared by the Coast Guard, the boat's insurance company and the owner, lawyers for the victims' families said yesterday."
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Pat Gilbert and Sherry Joe contributed to this article | December 11, 1994
When their 19-year-old son, Eddie, died in the sinking of the El Toro II fishing boat last December, Ed and Betty Philips, along with others in St. Mary's County, pressed for a grand jury investigation.Now, a year after the boat was swamped by a storm in the Chesapeake Bay, the county grand jury has indicted the boat's owner, Joseph C. Lore II, 54, and his son, Clayton S. Lore, 31, the boat's captain, on 21 counts of manslaughter and reckless endangerment."Justice hasn't been done yet, but this is the first step," said Ed Philips of Piney Point, whose oldest son was a crewman on the 58-foot boat that sank off Point Lookout Dec. 5, 1993, when it was hit with 35-mph winds and seas churning as high as 8 feet.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | February 11, 1994
St. Mary's County State's Attorney Walter B. Dorsey says he'll ask a grand jury to consider investigating the sinking of the El Toro II fishing boat after a citizen's request for an independent probe.Mr. Dorsey said the plea came in a letter from Jack F. Witten of Hollywood, who urged a grand jury investigation independent of the Coast Guard inquiry into the accident, which occurred Dec. 5 in the Chesapeake Bay, killing three people.The prosecutor declined to say that he is advocating a criminal investigation, only that he has decided to pass the letter along to the jury.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer | December 18, 1993
The insurance inspector who saw the El Toro II five days before it sank in the Chesapeake Bay Dec. 5 noted plenty of safety hazards, but told investigators yesterday he found no evidence the hull was unseaworthy.The wooden boat was on a rockfishing expedition to Virginia waters when its hull ruptured during a storm and the boat sank, killing three.Kim I. MacCartney, a marine surveyor for the Insurance Company of North America, inspected the boat Nov. 29 and wrote that the El Toro II "may be the worst Coast Guard-inspected boat I have seen."
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By Liz Atwood and Tom Waldron and Liz Atwood and Tom Waldron,Staff Writers | December 17, 1993
A U.S. Coast Guard inspector ignored a recommendation to pull samples of the nails holding together the El Toro II, saying that when he saw the boat in March and April 1993, he found no problems to warrant a closer look."
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