Camden charter boat captain on trial in Virgin Islands for death of crewman

CAMDEN, Maine (WABI) - A charter boat captain who sails part of the year out of Camden is on trial in the Virgin Islands for the death of one of his crewmen.

65-year-old Richard Smith of St. John is charged in federal court with seaman's manslaughter.

Smith is the owner of the 43-foot sailing vessel Cimarron, which spends summers in Maine.

In October of 2015, the boat was heading from North Carolina to St. John.

David Pontious, one of Smith's crew, was sick and disoriented. He jumped overboard and died.

Prosecutors say Smith failed to help Pontious.

Smith was indicted in July of last year and arrested in November.