Colonia Man ID'd as Man Who Died in Boating Crash

Eric Kim died when his boat and "No Surrender" crashed

A man from the Colonia section of Woodbridge died after his boat and another boat collided on the ocean off Long Branch, state police said on Monday morning.

Eric Kim, 31, died after , said Sgt. Brian Polite.

Kim's passenger, Soo Lee, 34, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, suffered cuts, but was not seriously injured, Polite said.

Polite said police are not releasing the names of the passengers aboard "No Surrender," but did say that the pilot and passengers were not injured.

Kim may have originally been taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune for head injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The other passenger was reportedly in shock immediately after the accident.

The original information about the accident was from the United States Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office, which stated that an 18 foot-long pleasure craft and a 36-foot-long pleasure craft named “No Surrender” were involved in an accident at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday, colliding in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile and a half south of Long Branch. (State police are saying the No Surrender was 38 feet.)

“Personnel aboard the No Surrender, a 36-foot-long pleasure craft with four people aboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders informing them of the incident, and that the two people aboard an 18 foot-long pleasure craft sustained injuries,” said Petty Officer Brandyn Hill of the United States Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office.

Passengers of the “No Surrender” retrieved both men aboard the 18 foot-long craft, and brought them onto the other boat. The “No Surrender” then headed into the Shark River, where they were met and escorted to the United States Coast Guard Station located there by crews aboard a small 25 foot-long Response Boat and a 47 foot-long Motor Life Boat from the station.

“Personnel from the New Jersey State Police are on scene, and the cause of the accident is under investigation,” Hill said on Saturday.


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