RI lobsterman goes overboard, drowns off NY coast

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TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a Narragansett man died while out catching lobster off the coast of New York.

Justin Zinno, 26, is being remembered by his family as a loving son and a hard-working man. His mother told Eyewitness News he was well-liked in the community and worked as a lobsterman for years prior to the accident.

Tiverton police say Zinno was aboard the Sakonnet Lobster II when he went overboard early Monday morning about 75 nautical miles southeast of Montauk.

The vessel’s owner, Doug Mataronas, said Zinno was pulled from the water shortly after he went overboard.

“They had him back in the boat in two minutes,” Mataronas said in an email to Eyewitness News. “Within 6-10 minutes they had him back in the boat performing CPR and had gotten a great amount of water out of him.”

Efforts to resuscitate Zinno were unsuccessful.

“I believe the crew did everything in their power as quickly as possible and I don’t think anyone could have gotten him back in the boat any quicker,” Mataronas added. “Everyone is shaken up. This is a tragic accident.”

Raymond said it’s unclear at this time what caused Zinno to go overboard and police are now investigating the events leading up to his death.

The Coast Guard out of New York says they sent a nearby research vessel with medical assistance on board to respond to the incident.

This story has been edited from its original version. Eyewitness News is working to clarify the timeline of the incident.

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