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Montauk fisherman, 24, dies of shipboard injuries

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 posted 09/08/2013 02:52 PM  

Montauk fisherman, 24, dies of shipboard injuries

A commercial fisherman from Montauk died after a wire snapped and struck him aboard a vessel working off North Carolina, authorities said Sunday.

Crew aboard the 90-foot fishing vessel, the Jason and Danielle, called the Coast Guard's Fifth District at 8:30 p.m. Saturday reporting a man had been cut in the head and neck, Brandyn Hill, a Coast Guard spokesman, said.

Hill did not provide a name, citing Coast Guard policy, but the family of Donald Alversa, 24, and a spokeswoman for the hospital where he was taken confirmed his identity.

The vessel was 45 miles northeast of the Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks when the accident occurred, and it took an hour for a MH-60 Jayhawk medical helicopter to reach it. Alversa's condition worsened enroute to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was met by an emergency rescue crew, Hill said.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that he died there after arrival.
How the accident occurred was not immediately known, said Alversa's brother, Ken Alversa, an East Hampton police officer. "All we know is a wire or cable snapped and at some point it struck him in the neck," he said.

Donald Alversa attended East Hampton High School and has fished professionally for six or seven years, his brother said.

"From the time he was done high school he started fishing and he never stopped," Ken Alversa said. "He loved to be out there, and he loved to fish," sometimes showing his family pictures of the creatures he encountered, like sharks and giant sea turtles.

Donald Alversa had suffered only minor injuries before, his brother said. "Little cuts and bruises, but what fisherman doesn't get lumped up once in a while."

Donald Alversa had worked aboard the Jason and Danielle for about two years, he said. The 298-ton vessel works out of Montauk and Cape May, N.J., and Alversa was frequently gone for a week at a time.

Upon its return, the crew sometimes packed out the catch and headed straight back out. On his down time, Donald Alversa tooled around Montauk in a maroon 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle he was fixing up.

The Jason and Danielle's co-owner, Hank Lackner, of Montauk, was driving to Cape May to meet the vessel, his wife, Cheryl Lackner, said.

She did not know what the Jason and Danielle was fishing for at the time of the accident.

Donald Alversa's family is making funeral arrangements.


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 posted 09/08/2013 03:27 PM  

Terrible accident. A first-class operation, it can happen to anyone. Many blessings and condolences.

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 posted 09/08/2013 03:50 PM  

My Condolences to his family ...God Bless His Soul....RIP

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 posted 09/08/2013 05:06 PM  

Terrible news. May he rest in peace.

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 posted 09/08/2013 05:10 PM  


Thoughts and prayers for his family.

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 posted 09/08/2013 05:39 PM  

RIP Donald fair winds and calm seas FrownFrown

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 posted 09/08/2013 08:20 PM  

just terrible

just a terrible accident, it shows anything can happen to anyone at anytime, may he RIP.

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 posted 09/08/2013 08:52 PM  

Thats just terrible. Total misfortune. RIP

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 posted 09/08/2013 09:09 PM  

such a shame. i feel terrible. RIP

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 posted 09/08/2013 10:46 PM  

Another life cut to short...R.I.P prayers to all who know him!

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 posted 09/09/2013 05:00 PM  

Terrible, I remember him from GFM, Condolences to his family and friends.

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 posted 09/10/2013 10:26 AM  


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 posted 09/10/2013 10:28 AM  

Condolences to family and friends... RIP
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