Sandy Hook pilot dies after falling from ladder


The following is text of a news release from the Sandy Hook Pilots Association:

(STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.) — On Aug. 5, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sandy Hook pilot Capt. Timothy Murray was involved in an incident while boarding a tanker vessel inbound to the Port of New York & New Jersey. He sustained injuries after falling from a pilot ladder and was evacuated to a local hospital, where his injuries proved to be fatal.

Prior to the incident, Murray had been piloting vessels in and out of the Port of New York & New Jersey for over eight years. The incident is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Murray is survived by his wife Erin, five children (Brennan, Rory, Grace, James and Ella), mother Kathleen and three siblings (Jackie, Sean and Kathleen).

Editor's note: In an incident Dec. 30 involving another Sandy Hook pilot, Capt. Dennis Sherwood died from his injuries after falling from a ladder as he attempted to board the containership Maersk Kensington near the Ambrose Pilot Station. Click here to read Professional Mariner's coverage of the incident, which led pilot groups to call for new scrutiny of ladder arrangements.

A GoFundMe account has been established for flowers for the wake, gifts to the Murray family, and memorial stones on the quad at Fort Schulyer. To donate, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff