Christopher A. Hutchinson, 30, of Cushing, Maine has been sentenced in US District Court to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old. Hutchinson pleaded guilty on September 25th last year.
The court had heard that on November 1st 2014, after smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, Hutchinson took his lobster boat, the No Limits, out into a storm that had been predicted, Two crewmen were aboard. After he had ingested oxycodone, the boat capsized. The two crewmen were not wearing personal floatation devices or survival suits. The No Limits’ Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alerted at about 13:20. The US Coast Guard rescued Hutchinson at about 16:00. At the time he was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. The Coast Guard located the bow of the No Limits at about 17:00, with no signs of life. The bodies of the two crewmen were never found and they are presumed dead. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard.