Lawyer: Tangled gear may have doomed boat

May 4, 2009 10:53:13 AM PDT
The lawyer for a scallop boat that sank says the vessel might have been doomed when its gear got tangled with another boat or something on the sea floor. Stevenson Weeks Sr., who represents Capt. Royal Smith Sr., said after testimony resumed in a hearing into the disaster Monday that he believes a snag caused the Lady Mary to sink about 60 miles off Cape May on March 24.

Weeks based his conclusion on video from a remotely-piloted undersea vehicle that showed the boat's dredge - still laden with scallops - resting on the deck under 200 feet of water.

The dredge cable was not connected to it, raising the possibility it might have gotten snagged on something, pulling the ship down.

Only one of seven crewmen survived.

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